Note: As in English, in Hebrew Sefer Shmuel (often simply called Shmuel) is named after the prophet who is critical to the action in the book. In Hebrew I Samuel is called Shmuel Alef and II Samuel is called Shmuel Bet. This is because the letter Alef has the numerical value of 1 and Bet has the numerical value of 2.As Samuel is a common English name, so too Shmuel is a common name in Hebrew.
Hear "Samuel (Shmuel)" pronounced in Modern Hebrew by an Israeli:
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