First and Second Samuel
Magennis, Feidhlimidh T.
Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012 pp. 165. $6.95
New Collegeville Bible Commentary, 8
Edited by Daniel Durken
Description: First and Second Samuel tell the story of the beginnings of monarchy in ancient Israel. These two powerful narratives present many great figures of biblical history—Samuel, Saul, and David—and explore the complex interaction of historical developments and human fidelity under God. In the books of Samuel, characters interact to influence and persuade, to express motivation and desire, and to shape the reader’s understanding of the issues that faced the Israelites as they responded to God’s invitation to covenant. Through the medium of story, the reader shares in the perennial struggle to discover, in the midst of personal and political conflict, God's ways for humanity.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, Literature
Review by William L. Lyons
Citation: William L. Lyons, review of Feidhlimidh T. Magennis, First and Second Samuel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.