By David H. Jensen
"The episodes in 1 and a pair of Samuel are notable of their depiction of human characters—priests, infantrymen, kings, prophets, and royal advisers—but additionally major in how they narrate the vital personality of this background, the God of Israel. background, in those books, isn't easily an accounting of royal intrigue, army battles, and socio-economic fight however the degree upon which God unearths God's very self. First and moment Samuel relay probably the most memorable vignettes in all Scripture—the name of Samuel, David's conflict with Goliath, and David's seizure of Bathsheeba as his wife—and become aware of in them the hand of God."
—from the introduction
First and moment Samuel describe the beginnings of monarchy in historical Israel and introduce us to exciting characters: Samuel—prophet, priest, and choose; Saul—the tragic determine who turns into Israel's first king; and David—Saul's celebrated successor and Israel's key chief whose effect persisted for generations. yet as Jensen makes transparent in his most suitable statement, there's one other determine who's a critical personality: God. all through his theologically wealthy therapy of those biblical books, Jensen explores what makes those texts vital for us. He means that we learn 1 and a pair of Samuel simply because they show the complexities of the human individual; the ambiguities of our social preparations as countries; and God's employer in a conflicted global. Jensen notes that as we're formed by means of and grapple with the biblical tales, we're invited to discover our personal tales inside them. "What retains us coming again to faith," he says, "is its tales: tales that inform the reality concerning the human , our shared company existence, and the existence God offers to the world."
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1 & 2 Samuel: A Theological Commentary on the Bible by David H. Jensen