Recently we began reading 1 Samuel in our daily Bible reading plan.  Here are a couple of charts that you may find helpful in understanding the book.  The first provides an overview to the flow and theme of the book and the second offers a perspective of the relationships of the three kings of the united monarchy of Israel (before the 10 northern tribes known as “Israel” and the two southern tribes known as “Judah” began to have separate monarchies):

1 Samuel Book Chart

1 Samuel Leaders