1 & 2 Samuel: Apollos Old Testament Commentary [AOTC]David FirthIVP Academic / 2009 / Hardcover$36.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5A Needed Treatment of SamuelDecember 1, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 51 & 2 Samuel is an Old Testament commentary, written by David G. Firth, published by IVP Academic. This commentary is a recent edition of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series with editors David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume not only continues this legacy, but propels it to new heights. This volume is one of the most articulate and practical commentaries on two historical books of Holy Scripture which outside of a few passages gets unfortunately glossed over. Firth is a highly regarded scholar this is her first foray into this relatively new commentary series.
1 & 2 Samuel has two main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by a insightful exegetical commentaries on the historical book of 1 & 2 Samuel. With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of the book and how they relate to the Bible as a whole. This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different methodical approaches to study of this book Firth takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. He also uses his own translation of the Hebrew text, which demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the text itself. I do wish though that there was more application to some of the more difficult passages
While I disagree with Firth on a number of issues with regard to Old Testament interpretation, I have a different approach to how he interrupts the Davids adultery with Bathsheba, committed in 1 & 2 Samuel, yet his scholarly work on this historical book is very well researched and written, and a very good read. In the vein of recommending, 1 & 2 Samuel, to others I would recommend this commentary to pastors and scholars, yet I would highly recommend pastors, such as myself, to pair this scholarly commentary with one that is one that has more of a pastoral tone. There are many commentaries about 1 & 2 Samuel available at this moment but 1 & 2 Samuel of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series is a very scholarly works worthy of your time.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great commentary!October 5, 2015Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This commentary on two of the more exciting books of the Bible is a real asset to pastors and Bible students. Firth is becoming quite the prolific commentator of late and tackles here another historical book of the Bible (since he rightfully argues the two are one book).
His Introduction is sufficient, and at 48 pages for a larger Bible book, it is quite succinct. While he writes well on genre and purpose, I couldnt follow his thinking on authorship or sourcesin fairness, it wasnt radical. His explanation on narrative was insightful, but his discussion on central themes were spot on and the best the Introduction had to offer.
The commentary was by the far the best value in the book. He followed the standard Apollos setup with translation, notes on the text (just the right coverage for pastors), form and structure (with enough detail to explain its short discussion in the Introduction), comment (thought-provoking), and explanation (where he well ties it together).
I looked at several passages and enjoyed what he shared. He took extra care in the most famous passages (David and Goliath, for example). I had read criticism before I received this volume on his analysis of David with Bathsheba, and while I might fully agree with him there, he argued his point well. David did, as he said, not completely hide his sin from those he sent to get Bathsheba. He feels that David was more interested in getting Uriah out of the way to get the child than to hide his sin. I doubt that is true, but it does make you think!
This is a fine volume. As a point of comparison, this volume is fair superior to the well known Word Biblical Commentary volumes covering the same material. I highly recommend it.
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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