About the Author
J. I. Packer (1926–2020) served as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He authored numerous books, including the classic best seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) is chief publishing officer and Bible publisher at Crossway. He serves as an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Gentle and Lowly and Edwards on the Christian Life. He is an elder at Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. Dane lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.
Lane T. Dennis (PhD, Northwestern University) is CEO of Crossway, formerly called Good News Publishers. Before joining Good News Publishers in 1974, he served as a pastor in campus ministry at the University of Michigan (Sault Ste. Marie) and as the managing director of Verlag Grosse Freude in Switzerland. He is the author and/or editor of three books, including the Gold Medallion-award-winning book Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer, and he is the former chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Dennis has served as the chairman of the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible Translation Oversight Committee and as the executive editor of the ESV Study Bible. Lane and his wife, Ebeth, live in Wheaton, Illinois.
Table of Contents
Series Preface J. I. Packer Lane T. Dennis 6
Week 1 Overview 7
Week 2 New Beginnings: Hannah, Eli, and Samuel (1 Samuel 1-3) 11
Week 3 Israel Defeated, God Defeating (1 Samuel 4-7) 17
Week 4 Saul's Rise, Then Rejection (1 Samuel 8-15) 25
Week 5 David's Rise, Saul's Resentment (1 Samuel 16-20) 33
Week 6 Saul's Pursuit, David's Protection (1 Samuel 21-26) 41
Week 7 Saul's Undoing, David's Deliverance (1 Samuel 27-2 Samuel 1) 49
Week 8 David's Kingdom Established and Ensured (2 Samuel 2-10) 57
Week 9 David's Great Sin and Its Consequences (2 Samuel 11-14) 65
Week 10 Absalom's Rebellion, David's Restoration (2 Samuel 15-20) 73
Week 11 Summary Snapshots of the Davidic Kingdom (2 Samuel 21-24) 81
Week 12 Summary and Conclusion 91