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2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity (Focus on the Bible Commentaries) Paperback – July 20, 2013
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... merits a five-star rating. This book is everything a commentary ought to be... preachers, Bible group leaders and belivers eager to understand 2 Samuel should sell their shirt to purchase this excellent commentary!H (The Banner of Truth Magazine)
"He combines the depth of understanding of a thorough-going Old Testament scholar with the breadth of insight of a biblical theologian and the perception of a preacher well used to addressing contemporary audiences to provide us with a commentary that brings the preaching potential of these books to life." (Mark Johnston ~ Minister, Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cardiff, Wales)
"Writers will say, Why can't I write like that? Scholars, Why am I not so well read? Expositors, Why didn't I see it all like that too? And readers will join in unanimous praise for a great feast of biblical truth made so digestible, garnished with so many apt illustrations and always focused on the God of all Grace. I have lost count of the number of titbits transferred to my notebooks for future use!" (Alec Motyer ~ (1924-2016) Well known Bible expositor and commentary writer)
"Such sensitivity to the biblical theology of the text is a crucial correction to much of modern exposition...Reading the commentary is itself a devotional exercise." (John W. Hilder in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society on Davis' commentary writing skills.)
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What are readers to think about Joab, the fiercely loyal commander of David’s army who saved the kingdom repeatedly, who gave David crucial advice in difficult times, but who also had the very bad habit of murdering anyone who got in the way of his personal ambition?
How can David claim to be ‘pure of heart’ in Psalm 18 after he commits adultery with Bathsheba and then murders her cuckolded husband Uriah?
How did it satisfy God’s wrath that the Gibeonites killed seven of Saul’s innocent children and grandchildren as atonement for Saul’s atrocities? Didn’t the Law of Moses dictate children should not be put to death for the sins of their father?
Dale Ralph Davis has the heart of a storyteller, and his commentaries are unique. He invites his readers to experience the story of ancient Israel almost as if it were a novel. While he occasionally has to deal with problems of textual ambiguity and debates over translation, he does not get bogged down in a lot of technical debate. He wants you to feel the pulse pounding excitement of the civil war between David and Absalom. He wants you to marvel at David’s political and military cunning but at the same time recognize it was only Yahweh’s grace that ultimately sustained the tribes of Judah and Israel. He wants you to realize the depth of loss David suffered because of his sin with Bathsheba and his failure to maintain discipline within his family.
Davis likes to direct your attention not just to the characters but to what each story tells us about the nature of God. He makes points of modern-day application but avoids the pitfall of trying to pull out lessons from every text. Sometimes, he says, the point of a difficult story (such as Rizpah watching over the corpses of her family for several months) is not to teach us how to behave but simply to shock us into confronting the depravity of a sinful world.
This an excellent resource for personal study and reflection.