The editor of Currents in Theology and Mission pours a lifetime of study into this remarkable work: examining ancient manuscripts, considering literary forms, discussing English translations, evaluating Near Eastern history and archaeology---all the while commenting on the theological implications. 350 pages, hardcover. Nelson.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 350 Vendor: Thomas Nelson Publication Date: 2008 Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Dr. Ralph Klein interprets 1 Samuel in its literary context as part of the Deuteronomistic History, the epic account of Israels history from the settlement in the land (Joshua and Judges) through the rise of kingship (1 & 2 Samuel) to the history of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah to their end in exile. He expounds the stories about Samuel, Saul and David within the context of this exilic composition that recounts the high and low points of Israels history in the land.
Now, in a new supplement to the introduction, 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 also 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.
The result is a fresh assessment of the books contribution to biblical theology, especially in its focus on David as the man after Gods own heart.
Ralph W. Klein is Christ Seminary-Seminex professor of Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). He has written for numerous journals, has been editor of Currents in Theology and Mission since 1974, and is an associate editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. His books include Textual Criticism of the Old Testament, Israel in Exile, Ezekiel: the Prophet and his Message; and the commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah in the New Interpreter's Bible. Klein received his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and his Th.D. from Harvard University.