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Praise for previous volumes in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible

"[In Jonah, Phillip] Cary writes with an energy and clarity rarely found in biblical commentaries of any type. . . . Cary works his way through the text phrase by phrase, with an eye for allusions and intertextual echoes; these often fund his theological reflections. He, appropriately in my opinion, blurs the distinction between interpretation and theology. . . . If . . . you want a sustained theological theme played out over the course of interpreting a text, then this volume will both edify and repay repeated reading."--Stephen Fowl, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

"Phillip Cary's commentary on the book of Jonah combines profound exegesis with original insights that could serve both the biblical scholar and the layperson. . . . Cary does end on a hopeful note in helping us rediscover that Christians and Jews can rejoice in the graces that they have both received from God. It is a hermeneutical conclusion that brings to an end this thought-provoking commentary. . . . A fine contribution to the field of exegesis on the book of Jonah. Phillip Cary does not simply repeat what others have written. He opens the way to some new possibilities in the interpretation of the book of Jonah for Christians today."--Jacek Stefanski, Review of Biblical Literature

"One of the great strengths of Ephraim Radner's Leviticus commentary is his commitment to giving unrelenting attention to the materiality of the text, its reasonings, and the way of life it exhibits--all of which make it possible for Christians better to see how Jesus might be seen as performing the logic and reasoning of the Levitical text itself."--Jacob Goodson, Modern Theology

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The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret scripture creedally for the twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other orthodox Christians did for their times and places. 1 Samuel, like each commentary in the series, is designed to serve the church--providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups--and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.

Praise for 1 Samuel in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible

"Francesca Murphy is at her perceptive and witty best in 1 Samuel. Her truly remarkable breadth of reading, awareness of the ambiguity of both power and vision, love of scripture, and sense of what the church is about today make this a powerful and relevant contribution to the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. I thoroughly recommend her volume."--Iain Torrance, Princeton Theological Seminary

"The preaching of any scripture requires that we read it in the midst of the one long theological conversation that is the church. Francesca Aran Murphy does this for us with her commentary on 1 Samuel. She pays fastidious attention to the theological readings passed down to us throughout the centuries, from Origen to von Balthasar. She does not discard the modern hermeneutic; rather, she uses it in the service of doing faithful theology for our time. By tracing the 'many little dramas' of 1 Samuel, Murphy unfurls the story of God's drama with Israel in a way that illumines what today we might rightly call 'the political.' As a result, the ancient riches of 1 Samuel are opened up in profound new ways for the challenge of being the church that we face today."--David Fitch, Northern Seminary

General editor: R. R. Reno (Creighton University)
Series editors: Robert W. Jenson (Center of Theological Inquiry)
Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia)
Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
Michael Root (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary)
George Sumner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
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Product Details

  • Series: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587431726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587431722
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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If you're looking for a standard verse-by-verse commentary on 1 Samuel, you'll be disappointed in this one. It is, as the series title suggests, a "theological commentary on the Bible." In that regard, you may not always agree with Murphy's theology, but you'll never be bored by her writing! It's filled with contemporary literary allusions and insightful theological observations (often concealed in a very tightly written sentence that you might pass over on first reading). This quirky little book is not for everyone, but some will find it helpful.
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I read the Brazos' commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel this Spring along with the translation and notes by Robert Alter and as part of a class which concentrated on the book - which deals generally for the formation of the Hebrew monarchy about in the year approximately 1000 B.C. and the rise of David as King and the founder of a dynesty. The Brazos' commetary is from a Christian prospective and, as such, is limited in its vision. The Alter is more ecumenical if from a Jewish tongue and flavor. The story of David is, in itself, a terrifc historical - mythical tale and worth the read. Whether I would choice Brazos over other fine commentaries, such as that published by Anchor, is as much a question of taste as a question of why one is reading the commentary. Importantly, it does not purport to be indifferent or neutral in how it reads the text.
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