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Product Details

  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300139500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300139501
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I Samuel is Volume 8 in the  Anchor Bible series of new, book-by book  translations of the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha. In  his series debut, P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., has  written a volume of interest and value to both the  scholar and the general  reader.

McCarter's treatment of I Samuel  consists  of:

Introduction : review of the literary problems and  historical circumstances surrounding the writing of  the  book.

Translation : fresh and authoratative, this new  translation of I Samuel fully utilizes  for the first time ancient manuscript fragments  found at Qumran.

Textual  Notes : for the scholar, technical  information on the texts used in the  translation.

Notes : for the untrained  reader, descriptions of people, places, customs,  and unusual features of the  language.

Commentary : an explanatory  summary of each passage of  translation.

Maps : illustrating the book's  dramatic events.


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About the Author

P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., is William F. Albright Professor in Biblical and Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He holds degrees from Harvard University, McCormick Theological Seminary, and the University of Oklahoma.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Prof K on February 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a book for people who read Samuel in the original. My friends and I between us have just enough Hebrew to do that, and when we decided to tackle Samuel on our spare Sunday afternoons I asked an expert in Old Testament Hebrew to recommend a commentary. This is what he suggested.
The core of the book consists of chapter translations with notes and comments. One chapter typically takes 1 to 2 pages, then follow 2 or 3 pages of Textual Notes and 3-5 pages of Notes in smaller print, and finally 2-3 pages of Comment.
The Textual Notes compare the Masoretic text accepted in the Jewish tradition with other texts: the Septuagint, the Qumran (Dead Sea) scrolls etc, and they discuss what the original text has been, if there is such a thing as an original text. To me as an amateur this was an eye-opener and something of a shocker: there is no such thing as THE bible.
The Notes explain expressions, names and phrases in terms of historical and archeological research, and gives a lively sense of life in Palestine/Israel 3000 years ago.
The Comment gives thoughts about what the story is all about. What is an Ark? What did it mean? How did the priesthood function? Etc etc.
There is a scientist at word here, and the text does not always make for easy reading. The notes in the translation of Robert Alter, which is the other text I use, are easier to take in, and a lot shorter. But the McCarter book has enormously enriched my appreciation of Samuel, and indeed of all of Tanach (the Old Testament).
The translations of McCarter and Alter are often similar; I guess both represent the state of the art in textual research, and both appear more accurate and better informed than e.g. the translation that accompanies my Artscroll edition of Tanach.
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