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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310210860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310210863
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Why do the books of Samuel pack such broad appeal? Taken together as a single narrative, they certainly offer something for everyone: kings and prophets, great battles and greater heroes, action and romance, loyalty and betrayal, the mundane and the miraculous. In Samuel, we meet Saul, David, Goliath, Jonathan, Bathsheba, the witch of Endor, and other unforgettable characters. And we encounter ourselves. For while the culture and conditions of Israel under its first kings is vastly different from our own, the basic issues of humans in relation to God, the Great King, have not changed. Sin, repentance, forgiveness, adversity, prayer, faith, and the promises of God—these continue to play out in our lives today.

Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Bill T. Arnold shares perspectives on 1 and 2 Samuel that reveal ageless truths for our twenty-first-century lives.

Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done!

The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.

About the Author

Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is director of Hebrew studies and professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Genesis, and coauthor of Encountering the Old Testament, and A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. He and his wife, Susan, have three sons and live in Lexington, Kentucky.


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Bill T. Arnold (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. While at Asbury, he has held administrative positions first as Director of Postgraduate Studies and then as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost.

His primary interests are biblical exegesis and ancient Near Eastern history, resulting in publications on specific texts (Genesis and 1-2 Samuel), as well as a Hebrew grammar ("A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax," with John H. Choi), and introductory materials ("Who Were the Babylonians?" and "Encountering the Old Testament," with Bryan E. Beyer).

Arnold was an editor for the Old Testament notes in "The Wesley Study Bible" (Abingdon, 2009) and co-translator of Genesis for the "Common English Bible" (Abingdon, 2011). An ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church, Arnold was a delegate to the UMC's General Conferences in 2012 and 2008 (first clergy alternate), representing the Kentucky Annual Conference.

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I have found Arnold's work to be great in the Contemporary section as well as the Bridging the Gap section.
R. Thomas
Dr. Arnold's commentary is the best available for 1 and 2 Samuel.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tyce E. Jensen on April 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm a Pastor who is consulting this work to help me teach a Bible study. Like all commentaries, this one has its strengths and weaknesses. Interestingly, the commentary is stronger on the original meaning than on application. (whereas many in the series give you application while the exegesis is left somewhat wanting.) Arnold even admits in the introduction that he is so engulfed in Ancient Near East studies that he doesn't have the best idea what's happening in contemporary culture. His applications aren't bad or wrong, they're just unexpected.

For instance, his application for I Samuel 4 deals largely with the idea of "holy war" or a Christian's stance on war. (Pacificism, etc...) While that is an interesting discussion, and somewhat pertinent to I Sam. 4, it's not an immediate application I would have drawn.

Fortunately if you understand the Original meaning the Samuels are usually very easy to draw applications from. This is a good commentary, and probably worth the price for the original meaning/ bridging context material, but for the most part you will do a better job working at application on your own.

I will say that the work is very readable, and would be useful to most laypeople.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gregory A. Blake on September 29, 2007
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Same consistent results from this soon to be "classic" commentary series. When teaching English Bible courses at a Christian college, I frequently went to the NIVAC to expose my students to a "good exegetical voice". The students were never disappointed.

1-2 Samuel is a lot of material to cover, but Arnold does a great job of "getting to the point" without excluding important details to help you get to his conclusions. This point alone makes it a great resource not only for the busy pastor, but also a Sunday School teacher or small group leader.

Due to the fact of their consistent providing of satisfaction with past purchases, I'll continue to pick up additional copies of the NIVAC to complete my library as the need arises and the budget allows!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Thomas on April 15, 2008
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I have found Arnold's work to be great in the Contemporary section as well as the Bridging the Gap section. To me, there is a tremendous amount of material one can use to illustrate a point; if what he has offered does not quite fit my (our) circumstance, I have found that some of the ideas he presents spring new thoughts in me. I find this to be tremendous!

With respect to the exegetical consideration, I like what he has offered, but I think this work is best used in conjunction with two other book: The Expositor's bible Commentary and by Robert Gordon. In my office, these are my primary sources (all three). One other point; I would include the New English Translation (NET) with the multitude of notes.

Very Good!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick on August 6, 2009
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Dr. Arnold's commentary is the best available for 1 and 2 Samuel. As with others in this series, the commentary provides both the background on the passages, as well as ways to bring the message forward to the modern times. Arnold's work is easy to read, yet clearly written by an expert. I love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James E Morris on April 1, 2012
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In the NIV one finds a good overview and relative perspective concerning 1&2 Samuel. It provides good connection with application to current living. It does not provide an enriching depth concerning word choice and relationship to what may be meant concerning word choice in the original Hebrew. It is very good but wasn't quite what I was looking for concerning a more depth in treatment of the language.
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By parkerj on February 13, 2014
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The NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) is a unique commentary that seeks to give the reader both the meaning of a passage of Scripture in its original context and a practical application for today’s life. The NIVAC commentary series proves itself to be highly valuable to better understanding the text of Scripture and making solid applications out of it. The NIVAC on 1 & 2 Samuel begins with an introduction chapter that discusses different areas of the book. I find that the introduction section in commentaries on the Old Testament to be highly valuable. Many of the customs and way of life from the time period of 1 & 2 Samuel may be foreign to us and the introduction serves to lay a lot of groundwork for the reader. In this introduction Bill Arnold has many helpful sections. One of which comes at the beginning of his introduction and is titled Reading Israel's History Books. These books are meant to "invite us to follow the historical acts of God in early Israel, but they do much more besides. The narrative in 1-2 Samuel invites us to enter into the story, to become part of the continuing saga of God's work in the world." So while this commentary does focus on certain historical features, its main goal is to bring the reader into God's big picture.

The Text and Commentary section of this book will divide each passage of Scripture into three sections:
Original Meaning – This is the section where the author will explain the meaning of the text in its original context. This section is fairly easy to read and is excellent for both Pastors and Laymen.
Bridging Context – In this section the author gets us from the original context to the contemporary context by a “bridge”.
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