The wrath of God? Photo by ReubenInStt
Instilling the fear of Yahweh (1 Samuel, Chapter 2) - This chapter is all about instilling a sense of awe and fear toward Yahweh, and in a way it mirrors similar chapters in other books I've already went through.
First, the general impression is this - be faithful and you will get great rewards in life: wealth, family, success, etc.
But if for you don't believe in Yahweh, watch out! He'll send thunderstorms to break your body, make you poor, make you hungry. Basically, he's going to make your life suck, if He doesn't kill you outright.
That's basically the idea behind it. There's also a little ditty that reveals the level of astronomical knowledge of these Bronze Age tribesmen. At 1 Samuel 2:8, the author writes "for the pillars of the Earth is the Lord's; and He hath set the world upon them."
In other words, these people believed that the world is held up by pillars, and God put the world up on these pillars.
Finally, there is another where Yahweh, much like his contemporary Zeus, visits Hannah (see previous entry) and she conceives a son.
Yahweh is such a sly dog - I mean god. Ain't He?