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Auld explains that though we read these books from beginning to end, we need to understand that they were composed from end to beginning. By reconstructing what mus thave gone before, the story of David sets up and explains the succeeding story of monarchy in Israel.
Payne shows that this Old Testament book combines history and theology as it narrates Samuel's virtues, Saul's defeats, and David's successes in relation to God's activities during an important phase in the life of Israel.
Goldingay addresses the texts in such a way that even the most challenging passages are explained simply. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school preparation, or brief visits with the Bible, the Old Testament for Everyone series is an excellent resource for the modern reader.
Brueggemann traces the people of God through the books of Samuel as they shift from marginalized tribalism to oppressive monarchy. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church.
Arnold shares perspectives on 1 and 2 Samuel that reveal ageless truths for our twenty-first-century lives. The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
Klein interprets 1 Samuel in its literary context as part of the Deuteronomistic History, the epic account of Israel's history from the settlement in the land through the rise of kingship to the history of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah to their end in exile. Dr. Klein interacts with recent studies of the history reflected in 1 Samuel, and of the history of both the text and composition of 1 Samuel itself. He adds extensive reviews of the literary studies that have marked scholarship on Samuel in the last twenty-five years. Klein evaluates the contributions of narratology and feminism to understanding the stories of 1 Samuel, especially the characterization of Saul and David.
McCarter continues the discussion of textual and literary sources as they relate to a reconstruction of historical events. A key issue for McCarter is accounting for the historical circumstances that led to the composition of the book of Samuel. He resolves the complicated textual history of Samuel.
Jensen makes clear in his splendid commentary, there is another figure who is a central character: God. Jensen explores what makes these texts important for us. He suggests that we read 1 and 2 Samuel because they reveal the complexities of the human person; the ambiguities of our social arrangements as nations; and God's agency in a conflicted world.
The author demonstrates how all the other personalities in First and Second Samuel--including Samuel, for whom the books were named--are present so that we may see and know David better. Auld explains that though we read these books from beginning to end, we need to understand that they were composed from end to beginning. By reconstructing what mus thave gone before, the story of David sets up and explains the succeeding story of monarchy in Israel.