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Product Details

  • Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (May 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596381973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596381971
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Faithful expositions of God's Word instruct and transform, disturb and comfort--edifying us through godly exhortations and gospel proclamation. That is precisely what I have found in Richard Phillips's commentary on 1 Samuel."
--Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor, Westminster Seminary California

"This commentary is an indispensable tool. Phillips addresses the memorable narratives of Samuel, Saul, and David carefully and pastorally, paying special attention to character development, historical background, sound doctrine, and practical application. All who love God's Word will surely want to consult this essential volume and add it to their personal libraries."
--Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, Alabama

"Phillips provides scripturally faithful, satisfyingly readable, and spiritually challenging expositions that will strengthen the believer's soul. Like a diver, Phillips has gone deep down to uncover the pearls of heaven."
--Michael A. Milton, Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, James M. Baird Jr. Chair of Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

"This commentary is everything we've come to expect from Rick: painstaking exegesis, nuanced application, careful attention to relevance for today's world, and a discernible and memorable structure. It is an outstanding model of Reformed expository preaching. A finer exposition of 1 Samuel you will not find." --Derek W. H. Thomas, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Editorial Director, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

"This commentary is an indispensable tool. Phillips addresses the memorable narratives of Samuel, Saul, and David carefully and pastorally, paying special attention to character development, historical background, sound doctrine, and practical application. All who love God's Word will surely want to consult this essential volume and add it to their personal libraries." --Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, Alabama

"Phillips provides scripturally faithful, satisfyingly readable, and spiritually challenging expositions that will strengthen the believer's soul. Like a diver, Phillips has gone deep down to uncover the pearls of heaven."
Michael A. Milton, Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, James M. Baird Jr. Chair of Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary


"This commentary is everything we've come to expect from Rick: painstaking exegesis, nuanced application, careful attention to relevance for today's world, and a discernible and memorable structure. It is an outstanding model of Reformed expository preaching. A finer exposition of 1 Samuel you will not find."

--Derek W. H. Thomas, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Editorial Director, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

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Rick Phillips was raised in an Army family an grew up on posts around America. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he followed his father and grandfather by serving as a tank officer. While in graduate school in Philadelphia, his mother urged him to start attending church again, so Rick visited nearby Tenth Presbyterian Church. The message he heard that night changed his life, a sermon from the Old Testament book of Hosea about God's redeeming love for sinners through the cross of Jesus Christ. Surrendering his life to the love of Christ, Rick became active in Officer's Christian Fellowship during the years he was teaching leadership at West Point. He began leading a Bible study for students, then was asked to write a daily devotional, and then to preach at Christian meetings. Through these experiences, he and his wife concluded that God was calling Rick into a full-time pulpit ministry, so they left the Army and embarked on fulfilling God's call to the ordained ministry.

Rick tries the write the kind of books that have ministered so powerfully in his own life. Mainly, these are books of biblical exposition. His writing heroes are James M. Boice, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and similar writers of biblical teaching. Some of his books seek to provide clear biblical teaching to important matters of practical living, such as manhood and relationships. He is grateful to God for the privilege of ministering to so many people through his books, desiring above all that God's Word would be clearly, faithfully, and passionately set forth.

Dr. Phillips serves as senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Greenville, SC. Previously, he pastored in Coral Springs, FL and Philadelphia, PA. He usually preaches morning and evening and his sermons can be heard on Sermon Audio and on the church website: www.secondpca.org. (Live services are also available on video.) Rick frequently speaks at conferences on the Bible and theology and is active in overseas missions, especially in East Africa. In addition to his ministry duties, Rick likes to spend time with his wife and five children. He is a loyal follower of his alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines, and is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian G. Mcmillan on April 16, 2013
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I have never written a review on Amazon, and I purchase 200+ items a year from them. So I hope that in itself is saying something. I am a pastor doing a series on David and for my preparation I purchased 15 additional commentaries to the 7 I already owned on 1 Samuel. They all add something important and different to my studies. I just finished a message on 1 Samuel 17, so to be fare, I have only read this one section of this commentary. But what an incredible few pages of wisdom it is! This commentary doesn't go word for word, and it doesn't need to. There are plenty of others that do this. Instead Dr. Phillips shares his heart, intellect and scholarly diligence in way that is challenging to a theologian, yet applicable to a small group Bible study leader. This is a must have if you are studying 1 Samuel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Sims on July 13, 2012
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If you are looking for a technical commentary this series is not for you, but let's be honest many the technical commentaries are over the average Joe's head anyways. This commentary reads like a beautifully written narrative and was written for your average pastor or well read lay person.

Dr. Phillips skillfully works his way through 1 Samuel highlighting important themes and addressing important textual issues in the book without getting bogged down. Most of the pipe work for the technical issues is never seen. The issues are mentioned, explained, and the ants go marching on.

For instance, he address concisely and plainly the textual issue found in 1 Samuel 13 (the length of Saul's reign). He lays out the three major views and then briefly examines each and offers his own position (pp. 194-95). Short, sweet, and to the point.

There is also a balance of scholarly work and ease of reading that will serve many well including the lay person who wants to understand the Old Testament better. I frequently found myself reading through the passage at the start of each chapter, meditating on it, and then using the chapter as a more in-depth devotional.

Another feature which allows this commentary to be used in this regard is that there is robust application throughout I Samuel. Dr. Phillips makes application for our daily living. This is difficult. I have heard some of best preachers falter when applying the Old Testament for today. It's hard work but Dr. Phillips' application is rocket-fuel.

Finally, Dr. Phillips weaves the story of Israel in 1 Samuel with the larger story of Christ. Christ alone is the hero and Dr. Phillips demonstrates this. For instances,

We might honor Samuel's legacy by recounting all the things that made him great.
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By parkerj on March 16, 2014
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The Reformed Expository Commentary is a series that aims to provide a fresh exposition of the Biblical text for today's generation. In the series introduction the series editors (Phil Ryken & Richard Phillips) lay out the four fundamental commitments in this series. They are:
1) To be biblical - that is to pay careful attention to the text and exposit the Scriptures. There is less focus on the original language and structure and more focus on the story that the passage is telling. 2) Unashamedly Doctrinal - this series approaches the text from a Reformed perspective, as found in the Bible. 3) Redemptive-Historical - this means that they believe in the unity and continuity of the Bible, and interpret it in a Christ centered approach for all of Scripture. 4) Practical - by applying the truths found in the Scriptures to contemporary challenges in life.
I do want to make a brief comment on aesthetics. This Commentary also looks great as you can see from the picture. While this isn't a huge selling point, and certainly not a reason to chose one commentary over another, I must say that this one looks really nice on the bookshelf, especially when you have more than one in the series (This is my 7th volume in this series and they look really good on the shelf).

This volume on 1 Samuel is another great commentary in the Reformed Expository Commentary collection. Old Testament commentaries, and sermons for that matter, come in a wide variety, from simply just walking through the historical facts to some wild and strange practical application for modern day believers. This is where this commentary from Richard Phillips is helpful.
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Great book. It has helped me greatly to understand the book of 1 Samuel. They author has really done the work to understand the language and meaning of the book of 1 Samuel. An easy read, and good reformed theology.
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