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A volume from the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series, Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel presents readers with a Christ-centered, preaching-focused look at the strongly contrasting stories of Israel's first two kings, Saul and David. Featuring a readable, commonsense approach that makes it ideal for pastors, small group leaders, and personal devotions, this practical commentary---in the form of a series of sermons---features illustrations, applications, and end-of-chapter discussion questions.
About the Series
The Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. It's presented as sermons, divided into chapters that conclude with a "Reflect & Discuss" section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It's not academic but rather presents an easy-reading, practical and friendly commentary. The series is projected to be 48 volumes.
Number of Pages: 381
Vendor: Holman Reference
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 X .875 (inches)|
Series: Christ Centered Exposition
J.D. completed his Doctorate in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is also a faculty member, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. Having lived serving among Muslims, he has a burden to see them, as well as every nation on earth, come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ. Books by J.D. Greear include, GOSPEL: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary, Breaking the Islam Code, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart (How to Know You are Saved), and Jesus Continued.
Heath A. Thomas (Ph.D., University of Gloucestershire, UK) is dean of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, Associate Vice President for Church Relations, and Professor of Old Testament at Oklahoma Baptist University. His passion is illumining the world of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, so that others might experience the drama of the Scriptures. He is author of Faith Amid the Ruins: The Book of Habakkuk, Poetry & Theology in Lamentations: The Aesthetics of an Open Text, Until He Looks Down and Sees: The Message and Meaning of the Book of Lamentations, editor of A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation (with Craig Bartholomew), Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem (with Paul Copan and Jeremy Evans), and Great is Thy Faithfulness? Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture (with Robin Parry). Dr. Thomas has served churches in Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina and the United Kingdom, and was an elder at the Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham metroplex prior to his move to Oklahoma.
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Exalting Jesus in 1&2 SamuelAugust 31, 2017KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a well written study of 1 & 2 Samuel. It digs deep into a Christ-Centers concept which is that the Bible is a Christ-Centered book.
I will describe the book a little.
It's 381 pages long and measures 8.25 X 5.5 X .875 (inches). I include this to let you know that it's a perfect size to hold in your hand to read. I will say that this book was not what I expected, but was pleased none the less. The major characters that are discussed is Hannah, Samuel, Saul and David. I have to admit it opened my eyes to Hannah's plight and the fact that a nation was praying for a savior while Hannah, in her bareness, was praying for a child. This was a concept that just hadn't occurred to me. It next goes into Samuel as a point of leadership and choosing Saul even though he was rebellious against the God. It weaves it's way to David, the second King of Israel, the king God choose and one after his own heart. This book has 24 different sections with a set of reflect and discuss section at the end of each. I used this as a weekly study, a section a week with reflection at the end of the week.
While this is a great book it is more designed for a person in a leadership role such as a pastor or the leader of a small study group which it was designed for. I would definitely recommend it for anyone in one of these roles. For me it was a little too difficult to use as a individual study. It is well written and brings out many important issues and gave me a different perception on these written characters and events.
I received this book from B&H Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5helpful tool or study groupsDecember 28, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I have read other books in the series so I was looking forward to this newest addition. The only drawback is in some of its explanations were too short and needed expounding. If pastors, leaders, teachers, everyday people use these books, they will gain knowledge. I hope they use these books as a launching pad. What I mean is dont allow these to be a means to an end, but a place to start to study. Included are reflective or discussion questions that help facilitate a persons spirit to look deeper or apply what they learned in a chapter.
In our society, we need leaders, teachers and pastors to use tools that help spur thoughts, questions or a starting point to begin digging deeper into the Word. Our society needs more people who God can teach via The Holy Spirit how to dig deeper once they glean a basic understanding of 1 & 2 Samuel. The book can be used like a commentary, but nothing replaces inductive study by a seeker of God.
As people of God we need books like this to help us grasp a starting point of a book whether Old or New Testament. We need books like this that can be used in small groups and stir a longing in our hearts to want to know more, because then we know Him more! Lets be honest, we are all busy. Please dont let that deter you from putting time aside to study, read and grow in your walk with the Lord. I struggle just like other people, but when this is used even with just two people it really sparks great desires to learn, grow and discuss Christ! Consider gifting a copy to those around you this holiday season!
grae_bird5 Stars Out Of 5Great Bridge from History, to Christ, to UsDecember 15, 2016grae_birdQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 51 and 2 Samuela book with questions. A book in a historical context far different from ours. What does it have to do with us? King David, a good example, someone we want to be like but often feel like well never measure up. He was the great-great-something of Jesus, right? A king, right? Chosen. Anointed. And the rest of the book? King Saul, evil spirits, battle deaths, no-honey oaths, usurpation of the thrones, a royal history of a land we cant quite picture
But the authors of Exalting Jesus in 1 and 2 Samuel (Thomas & Greear) make a stunning claim:
First and Second Samuel expose for careful readers the horrors and hope of the real world (7).
And the authors do a good job at proving that thesis. Not all questions are answered. Not all things are explained. But strengths are numerous:
- Accessible to the average church attender, not just teachers or preachers
- Great guides for preaching it is definitely expository in nature, so reads less like a textbook than a collection of sermons
- Reaches the heart, revealing sin, ministering grace, encouragement, hope
- Gospel-infused with sin to grace
- God-centered, making God the hero rather than a mere moral-example book, but yet not undermining that aspect either
- Christ-centered, following Christs own interpretation in Luke 24:47
- Bridges the contexts and touches our contemporary world well
You will not find an in-depth exploration of Hebrew, the text, structure, etc. In fact, one weakness may be that it does too much of the work! Yet, Thomas and Greear do draw out some relevant Hebrew words, terms, and implications. They do bring forth some different dimensions of the text that would be available only to a student of the original text or a more careful scholar. A multifarious range of cited materials show they have done their research, both culturally and theologically. If you are familiar with J. D. Greears preaching, youll be familiar with the tone of the book.
All in all, definitely a great resource for personal devotional reading or teaching/preaching preparation.
Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishing through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.