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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 Godthese 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 dont discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuablebut 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.
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.
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 7 days 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 14 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 24 months ago 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 24 months ago 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