The Message of Samuel: Personalities, Potential, Politics and Power

The Message of Samuel: Personalities, Potential, Politics and Power

by Mary J. Evans
     
 

Reading the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, we witness the transition of Israel from tribal confederacy to established monarchy. And, as Mary Evans shows in this passage-by-passage commentary, during such a transition questions of identity and power are unavoidable.

In the aftermath of the decline of the judges, priests abuse their priestly privileges; a people covets the

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Overview

Reading the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, we witness the transition of Israel from tribal confederacy to established monarchy. And, as Mary Evans shows in this passage-by-passage commentary, during such a transition questions of identity and power are unavoidable.

In the aftermath of the decline of the judges, priests abuse their priestly privileges; a people covets the centralized authority of its impious neighbors; and a throne is won, forsaken, redeemed, lost and found again.

But in the key characters in this dawning era of Israelite history we see, hidden behind the faults and failings of Israel's best and brightest, the faithfulness of a God who looks on the heart and directs the path of every king and every kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830824298
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
04/02/2004
Series:
The Bible Speaks Today Series
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Evans formerly taught Old Testament at London School of Theology. She is the author of 1 and 2 Samuel in the New International Bible Commentary and Woman in the Bible, and she is a coeditor of The IVP Women's Bible Commentary.

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