Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
1 & 2 Samuel (NIV Application Commentary) Hardcover – February 3, 2003
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From the Back Cover
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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”.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I learned a great deal from using this commentary as a preaching aide. The best part about it for me was the historical view of the text... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Janice D.
All of the NIV Application Commentaries I have are an excellent source of relevant information as well as being spiritually uplifting!!Published 18 months ago by James A Stowe
This book is an excellent read for the serious bible student. This book provide a commentary of the narrative as well as contemporary application.Published on October 22, 2013 by Tracy S
This is yet another part of a great series - excellent scholarship. Particularly useful is the bridge between the basic text and a modern hermeneutic of application.Published on October 19, 2013 by JoeC
Excellant commentary. Readable and the proper fit for all types of studies or for preaching. Would highly reccommend to all.Published on February 28, 2013 by Philip J. Lambooy
I find the NIV Application Commentary layout very helpful, giving both the Original meaning and the Contemporary significance. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Richard Peterson