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Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Belief Theological Commentary
"The episodes in 1 and 2 Samuel are striking in their depiction of human characterspriests, soldiers, kings, prophets, and royal advisersbut also significant in how they narrate the central character of this history, the God of Israel. History, in these books, is not simply an accounting of royal intrigue, military battles, and socio-economic struggle but the stage upon which God reveals God's very self. First and Second Samuel relay some of the most memorable vignettes in all Scripturethe call of Samuel, David's battle with Goliath, and David's seizure of Bathsheeba as his wifeand discover in them the hand of God."
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First and Second Samuel describe the beginnings of monarchy in ancient Israel and introduce us to intriguing characters: Samuelprophet, priest, and judge; Saulthe tragic figure who becomes Israel's first king; and DavidSaul's celebrated successor and Israel's key leader whose influence endured for generations. But as Jensen makes clear in his splendid commentary, there is another figure who is a central character: God. Throughout his theologically rich treatment of these biblical books, Jensen explores what makes these texts important for us. He suggests that we read 1 and 2 Samuel because they reveal the complexities of the human person; the ambiguities of our social arrangements as nations; and God's agency in a conflicted world. Jensen notes that as we are shaped by and grapple with the biblical stories, we are invited to find our own stories within them. "What keeps us coming back to faith," he says, "is its stories: stories that tell the truth about the human condition, our shared corporate life, and the life God gives to the world."
David H. Jensen is the Academic Dean and Professor in the Clarence N. and Betty B. Frierson Distinguished Chair of Reformed Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including God, Desire, and a Theology of Human Sexuality and Living Hope: The Future and Christian Faith, both published by Westminster John Knox Press.
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