1 and 2 Samuel Paperback

A Kingdom Comes

by David G. Firth;

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1 and 2 Samuel

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Although some stories in the books of Samuel are well known, and in the case of David and Goliath even proverbial, much of the content of these books is strange to modern readers. It is a story about a woman wanting a child, for example, that relates the beginnings of monarchy within Israel. Even the question of the monarchy is problematic, for we are introduced to not one royal family but two-those of Saul and David. David is ultimately shown to be the king chosen by God, yet by the end of the book he is only just managing to hold on to the kingdom as it is nearly torn from him by rivalries within his family. These arresting stories are perplexing, for Samuel's writers seldom tell us how to read and interpret them. Scholarly study of Samuel continues to wrestle with how we interpret this pivotal text. Even such basic matters as the question of what kind of literature it is remain unresolved while older questions such as the nature of its text and sources are debated anew in the light of material from Qumran and of current approaches to Hebrew narrative. Recognizing the importance of questions such as these, David Firth explores fresh ways of reading Samuel as a unified and yet complex text, which displays high levels both of literary artistry and of theological commitment.

1 and 2 Samuel by David G. Firth was published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in October 2013. The ISBN for 1 and 2 Samuel is 9781909697133.

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Details for 1 and 2 Samuel

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press (October 2013)
Number of Pages108
Thickness5 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4263260
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