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The Message of Samuel

Personalities, Potential, Politics and Power

The Bible Speaks Today Series

by Mary J. Evans

The Message of Samuel
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  • Published: April 02, 2004
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-8491-9
  • Item Code: 8491

Reading the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, we witness the transition of Israel from tribal confederacy to established monarchy. And, as Mary Evans shows in this passage-by-passage BST commentary, during such a transition questions of identity and power are unavoidable.

In the aftermath of the decline of the judges, priests abuse their priestly privileges; a people covets the centralized authority of its impious neighbors; and a throne is won, forsaken, redeemed, lost and found again.

But in the key characters in this dawning era of Israelite history we see, hidden behind the faults and failings of Israel's best and brightest, the faithfulness of a God who looks on the heart and directs the path of every king and every kingdom.


General Preface
Author's Preface
Chief Abbreviations
1. Hannah: The Powerless Woman (1 Samuel 1--4)
2. Samuel: The Reluctant Kingmaker (1 Samuel 4--8)
3. Saul: Majesty and Mania (1 Samuel 9--15)
4. David: The Young "Pretender" (1 Samuel 16--24)
5. David: The Exalted Nationalist (1 Samuel 25--31)
6. David: In Control (2 Samuel 1--5)
7. David: In Covenant (2 Samuel 6--10)
8. David: Out of Control (2 Samuel 11--13)
9. Absalom: A Usurping Son (2 Samuel 14--20)
10. Filling in the Gaps? (2 Samuel 21--24)
Map: 1 and 2 Samuel: Places and Peoples

Mary J. Evans

Mary J. Evans is a visiting lecturer in Old Testament and former academic dean at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, Addis Ababa, and a former lecturer at the London School of Theology. She is the author of the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary Judges and Ruth is a coeditor of The IVP Women's Bible Commentary.