1 Samuel: Reformed Expository Commentary  -     By: Richard D. Phillips
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David is more than a great hero, a man of faith, and a model for Christians to follow. He is one of the most important Old Testament types of Jesus Christ. It is an anointed one--called and provided for by God to lead Israel--that David plays his chief role in redemptive history and makes his distinctive contribution in preparing God's people for the anointed one, the messiah who comes to rule and to save.

Two other significant figures--Samuel and Saul--appear in 1 Samuel. Samuel, an epochal figure whose significance equals that of Joshua, guides Israel out of the chaotic period of the judges and serves the coming of the Davidic kingdom. Saul an alter ego first to Samuel and then to David, personifies the idolatry and unbelief that plague Israel throughout the Old Testament. The ways in which he contrasts with Samuel and David provide valuable spiritual lessons.

The lesser characters in 1 Samuel are hardly incidental--Eli the corrupted priest, Hannah the tearful believer, and Jonathan the faithful friend to name just three.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 576
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 1596381973
ISBN-13: 9781596381971
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Series: Reformed Expository Commentary

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Publisher's Description

When people think of 1 Samuel, they think of David, the man after God's own heart. Yet 1 Samuel introduces us to two great alter egos Samuel and Saul. And let's not forget Eli, Hannah, and Jonathan

Author Bio

Richard D. Phillips (M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary; D.D., Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and of the Gospel Coalition, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.

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The Reformed Expository Commentary series from P&R is a gift to the Church in this generation. In his commentary on 1 Samuel, The Reverend Rick Phillips provides a Scripturally faithful, satisfyingly readable, and spiritually challenging series of expositions which will, through the presence of the Spirit in this messages, bring increased strength to the soul of the believer and deeper insights for the study of the pastor. Pastor Phillips has obviously been like a diver, going deep down, in his study of the Word of God in 1 Samuel, to uncover the pearls of heaven in these chapters. His work will bless the Church as those pearls adorn the reader. As Samuel wrote in 1 Samuel 30:6, "But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God" and that shepherd-king found courage in the midst of his challenges through his refuge in God, so, too, desperate disciples in these days will find power from on high in these pages. I commend Rick Phillips work without hesitation and believe that those who will take a season to study this work will be strengthened in the Lord our God.
Everything we’ve come to expect from Rick Phillips’ pen: painstaking exegesis, nuanced application, careful attention to relevance for today’s world, discernible, memorable structure -- an outstanding model of Reformed, expository preaching of Old Testament historical narrative that embraces the redemptive-historical hermeneutic without avoiding exemplary, ethical exhortation for a contemporary world. A finer exposition of 1 Samuel you will not find.
"[These commentaries] are among the ones I have enjoyed the most . . . the commentaries are certainly easy to read, even for a guy with no formal theological training and very little knowledge of the original languages. If you have been looking for a guide to going deeper into the text of the Bible, these commentaries may be just the key. Unlike many commentaries, they are very reasonably priced."
“Faithful expositions of God’s Word unpack the ordinary sense of a particular passage, within the scope of a book, as part of the unfolding mystery of the coming Messiah. Such preaching simultaneously instructs and transforms, disturbs and comforts; edifying in its godly exhortations as well as in its gospel proclamation. That is precisely what I have found in Richard Phillip’s commentary on 1 Samuel. This volume exemplifies for our own times the richness of the Reformed expository heritage.”
Rick Phillips has once again provided the church with another indispensable tool in his expository commentary on 1 Samuel. Here are the memorable narratives of Samuel, Saul, and David carefully addressed and pastorally handled with special attention given to character development, historical background, sound doctrine, and practical application. To be sure, all who love God’s Word will surely want to consult this essential volume and add it to their personal library.

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  1. Door County, WI
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
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    October 4, 2012
    Door County, WI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 3
    If you can get it cheap do so. I am doing a series on Samuel, and I was hoping this book would give some sermonic ideas to "prime the pump" a bit. Not particularly insightful, little application, and there is better exegesis in other commentaries. Very average.
  2. Simpsonville, SC
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very helpful. Don't Miss out
    July 13, 2012
    Grace for Sinners
    Simpsonville, SC
    Age: 25-34
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you are looking for a technical commentary this series is not for you, but let's be honest many of the most technical commentaries are over the average Joe's head anyways. This commentary reads like a beautifully written narrative and was written for your average pastor or well read lay person.

    Dr. Phillips skillfully works his way through 1 Samuel highlighting important themes and addressing important textual issues in the book without getting bogged down. Most of the pipe work for the technical issues is never seen. The issues are mentioned, explained, and the ants go marching on.

    There is also a balance of scholarly work and ease of reading that will serve many well including the lay person who wants to understand the Old Testament better. I frequently found myself reading through the passage at the start of each chapter, meditating on it, and then using the chapter as a more in-depth devotional.

    He also address scholar concerns in the text. For instance, he address concisely and plainly the textual issue found in 1 Samuel 13. He lays out the three major views and then briefly examines each and offers his own position (pp. 194-95). Short, sweet, and to the point.

    Another feature which allows this commentary to be used in this regard is that there is robust application throughout I Samuel. Dr. Phillips not only explains what the passage means but also makes application for our daily living. This is difficult. I have heard some of best preachers falter when trying to find application in the Old Testament for today. It's hard work but Dr. Phillips provides rocket-fuel to get your shuttle in orbit.

    Finally, Dr. Phillips weaves the story of Israel in 1 Samuel with the larger story of Christ. Christ alone is the hero and Dr. Phillips demonstrates this. For instances,

    We might honor Samuel's legacy by recounting all the things that made him great. But a better way to honor him would be to look through him to see reasons why Jesus Christ is a better Savior, King, and Mediator, in whom we may find all that we need for the eternal salvation of our soul. (p. 192)

    and then later

    The New Testament reveals this promised Son, the man truly and fully after God's own heart, as Jesus our Savior. Like King Saul, Jesus began his ministry with a sore trial: his temptation in the wilderness. How greatly it must have rejoiced the Father's heart when his Son honored him under the trials of Satan, passing every test through obedience to the Word of God: "It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone' " (Luke 4:4, quoting Deut. 8:3); "It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve' " (Luke 4:8, quoting Deut. 6:13); "It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test' " (Luke 4:12, quoting Deut. 6:16). (p. 205)

    I would highly recommend 1 Samuel if you're looking for a Christ-centered approach to the Old Testament. And if you're not a pastor and the OT intimidates you this book would be a great primer in engaging the OT story and finding Christ. Here's possibly my favorite quotation, "The cross where Jesus died for our sins is the throne from which he reigns with peace for mankind" (p. 167).

    A free copy of this book was provided by Puritan & Reformed Publishing. If you plan on purchasing 1 Samuel (Reformed Expository Commentary), consider supporting Grace for Sinners by purchasing from here.
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