7 Best 2 Samuel Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) 1 Samuel-2 Kings (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary)



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Volume three of the completely revised and revamped edition of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series is 1 Samuel-2 Kings. It is edited by Tremper Longman III and David E. Garland and contains the writings of many of the world’s top biblical scholars. Based on the original twelve-volume set that has become a staple in college and seminary libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide, this new thirteen-volume edition heralds the most current evangelical scholarship and resources. The thoroughly revised features consist of: comprehensive introductions, short and precise bibliographies, detailed outlines, insightful expositions of passages and verses, overviews of sections of Scripture to illuminate the big picture, occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues, notes on textual questions and special problems (placed close to the texts in question), transliterations and translations of Hebrew and Greek words and a balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion. The volumes are nicely printed and sturdily bound. These books are not only full of greatness, but will look great on your shelf and will add worth and beauty to your theological library.

1 Samuel-2 Kings (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary)


2) 2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity (Focus on the Bible Commentaries)



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In Focus on the Bible – 2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity Dale Ralph Davis – minister in residence at the First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina – brings cultural and historical light to commentary.

Adding a pastor’s heart for personal application, readers find a point of contact with the lives of Samuel and David in particular. Davis educates with precision, excitement and life examples.

2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity (Focus on the Bible Commentaries)


3) First and Second Samuel: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching



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Walter Brueggemann – Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia – delivers Samuel with critical scholarship and theological sensitivity.  This book is written for those specifically in teaching and preaching positions.  In it, Brueggemann traces the people of God through the books of Samuel as they shift from marginalized tribalism to oppressive monarchy. He carefully examines the literature of the books, sketching a narrative filled with historical realism but also bursting with an awareness that more than human action is being presented.

First and Second Samuel: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching


4) II Samuel (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)



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P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., continues his thorough analysis of text and literary sources found in Samuel in II Samuel from the Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries.

A Harvard educated, William F. Albright Professor in Biblical and Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University, McCarter offers his scholarly opinions on Samuel and presents a unique new translation based upon the latest and most extensive textual sources available (these include scrolls and fragments from Qumran). This book is based upon the introduction and commentary of his first volume I Samuel.

II Samuel (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

5) 1 & 2 Samuel (NIV Application Commentary)


1 & 2 Samuel (NIV Application Commentary)
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In this nearly 700 page study of 1 & 2 Samuel, Bill T. Arnold, PhD – Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary – presents an intense, scholarly view of the books.  The textual analysis is top notch and there is a tremendous amount of material to learn from.  The volume is part of the NIV Application Commentary.  NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications.

1 & 2 Samuel (NIV Application Commentary)


6) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 11, 2 Samuel (anderson)


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A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the lead author of 2 Samuel, Volume 11 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Arnold A. Anderson. Dr. Anderson is an Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Manchester in England.  This publishing house delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.


Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 11, 2 Samuel (anderson)


7) A Son to Me: An Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel



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A book that gives careful attention to Samuel’s literary structures, patterns of types and antitypes, and symbolism,  Peter J. Leithart’s A Son to Me: An Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel is a must-have addition to any 2 Samuel commentaries library.  Leithart is President of the Theopolis Institute – a Christian study center and leadership training institute in Birmingham, Alabama.  His commentary enhances the reader’s understanding of New Testament Christology while simultaneously providing a template for applying the Old Testament to today.

A Son to Me: An Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel





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