1 & 2 Samuel: Old Testament Library [OTL]
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In I & II Samuel [OTL], Graeme Auld writes, "This book is about David." He 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. These fascinating stories detail the lives of David, his predecessors, and their families. 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 must have gone before, the story of David sets up and explains the succeeding story of monarchy in Israel unfolded, and set the stage for the rest of the Old Testament narrative.

About the Old Testament Library Series

The Old Testament Library is one of the most respected commentary series produced in the last 50 years. As with any series that reaches this level of respectability, it is comprehensive in scope while acknowledging that it is not exhaustive. Introductory matters cover historical concerns, cultural issues, the reception of the text, the integrity of the text, and other interpretive issues.

Each commentary provides a verse-by-verse analysis of critical exegetical matters that are then synthesized into a progressively building understanding of the text and interpretation. This includes analysis of problems in history, word meaning, syntactical and grammatical issues, text history, and many other exegetically relevant issues. Nevertheless, despite the breadth of their scope, volumes in the series remain relatively compact in comparison to series who share its aims and scope.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.75 X 5.88 (inches)
ISBN: 066422105X
ISBN-13: 9780664221058
Series: Old Testament Library

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In this new addition to the Old Testament Library series, Graeme Auld writes, "This book is about David." 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.These fascinating stories detail the lives of David, his predecessors, and their families. 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.

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A. Graeme Auld is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Bible at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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    This review was written for I & II Samuel (2011): A Commentary.
    Heres one of the more substantial volumes in the well-known Old Testament Library (OTL) series. A. Graeme Auld has been turning out scholarly writings for a long time and is highly respected, particularly in critical circles. I often dont agree with his critical conclusions, but must admit that he can make some brilliant observations and has a keen eye for what others miss.

    After a bibliography, Auld jumps into an Introduction that begins by rightfully seeing I & II Samuel as the Book of David. To his mind, all the other characters are merely the supporting cast. He explains how no other biblical books in such detail take us into the lives of their principal characters and families. Next he delves into textual issues of Samuel. That takes him onto the slippery slope of sources and some opinions that could never be substantiated.

    By page 20 we are into the commentary proper that runs all the way to page 630. This is the section where the nuggets lie in this book. Again, I couldnt possibly agree with all his critical presuppositions and conclusions, but I appreciated his ability to point out things that I found no where else.

    I love a commentary that can spur thinking even if there are things I disagree with. For that reason, I find it easy to recommend this commentary.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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