Recipient of a 1990 Christianity Today Critics' Choice Award!
The stories of Samuel, Saul and David are among the most memorable in the Old Testament. Yet the lives of these individuals are wound up in the larger story of God's purpose for his people. Looking beyond the well-known surface of these stories Joyce Baldwin explores the meaning of the biblical history of Israel's vital transition from a confederation of tribes to nationhood under a king.
Bible students at all levels will find that this commentary provides an excellent introduction to the critical issues of authorship, date, composition and structure of Samuel, as well as an able discussion of its theological themes. Written in a clear and straightforward style, here is a worthy addition to the acclaimed Tyndale Commentary series.
The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series.
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The Books of Samuel and Their Place in the Longer History
Composition and Authorship
The Temple of the Lord at Shiloh
Excavation of Early Jerusalem
The Bathsheba Incident
Israel at the Time of David
Wars During the Reign of David