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ISBN-13: 9780805499315
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

J.D. Greear became the pastor of a church called Homestead Heights Baptist Church in 2002. As a young pastor, he led this 40-year-old, plateaued church of 300 to re-launch itself with a new name and a new vision to reach its community and world with the gospel. Today, more than 8,000 worshippers gather weekly, making The Summit Church one of Outreach magazine’s “top 25 fastest-growing churches in America” for several years running.
J.D. completed his Doctorate in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is also a faculty member, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. Having lived serving among Muslims, he has a burden to see them, as well as every nation on earth, come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ. Books by J.D. Greear include, GOSPEL: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary, Breaking the Islam Code, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart (How to Know You are Saved), and Jesus Continued.

Heath A. Thomas (Ph.D., University of Gloucestershire, UK) is dean of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, Associate Vice President for Church Relations, and Professor of Old Testament at Oklahoma Baptist University. His passion is illumining the world of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, so that others might experience the drama of the Scriptures. He is author of Faith Amid the Ruins: The Book of Habakkuk, Poetry & Theology in Lamentations: The Aesthetics of an Open Text, Until He Looks Down and Sees: The Message and Meaning of the Book of Lamentations, editor of A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation (with Craig Bartholomew), Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem (with Paul Copan and Jeremy Evans), and Great is Thy Faithfulness? Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture (with Robin Parry). Dr. Thomas has served churches in Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina and the United Kingdom, and was an elder at the Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham metroplex prior to his move to Oklahoma.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Series Introduction xiii

1 and 2 Samuel

Introduction 3

Long Live the King! 1 Samuel 1 36

All Worship the King 1 Samuel 2:1-11 50

Hearing God 1 Samuel 2:12-3:20 59

Yahweh Is King 1 Samuel 4-7 74

Israel's Rebellion and the Rise of Saul 1 Samuel 8:1-18 83

God's Grace and Saul's Rise 1 Samuel 9-14 93

Saul's Fall: Setting Up a Rival Kingdom 1 Samuel 15:1-28 103

An Ordinary King 1 Samuel 16:1-13 118

Courage 1 Samuel 17:1-54 127

David in Saul's House 1 Samuel 18-20 136

Saul versus David 1 Samuel 21-23 143

Patience 1 Samuel 24 150

Lessons on Trust 1 Samuel 25-26 161

The Tragedy of Dying without God 1 Samuel 27-2 Samuel 1 167

David as King: Conflict Leads to Gospel-Centered Worship 2 Samuel 2-6 178

David as King: Who Is Giving to Whom? 2 Samuel 7 192

David as King: Victory and Honor 2 Samuel 8-9 206

The King Who Needs a Savior 2 Samuel 10-12 211

Consequences: The King in jeopardy 2 Samuel 13-14 223

The Red-Eyed Beast: Ambition 2 Samuel 15 229

The King in Exile 2 Samuel 16-18 237

The King's Return and Continued Conflict 2 Samuel 19-21 242

The King's Final Praise 2 Samuel 22-23 249

Still Searching for the King 2 Samuel 24:1-25 256

Works Cited 267

Scripture Index 271

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Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
This is a well written study of 1 & 2 Samuel. It digs deep into a Christ-Centers concept which is that the Bible is a Christ-Centered book. I will describe the book a little. It's 381 pages long and measures 8.25 X 5.5 X .875 (inches). I include this to let you know that it's a perfect size to hold in your hand to read. I will say that this book was not what I expected, but was pleased none the less. The major characters that are discussed is Hannah, Samuel, Saul and David. I have to admit it opened my eyes to Hannah's plight and the fact that a nation was praying for a savior while Hannah, in her bareness, was praying for a child. This was a concept that just hadn't occurred to me. It next goes into Samuel as a point of leadership and choosing Saul even though he was rebellious against the God. It weaves it's way to David, the second King of Israel, the king God choose and one after his own heart. This book has 24 different sections with a set of reflect and discuss section at the end of each. I used this as a weekly study, a section a week with reflection at the end of the week. While this is a great book it is more designed for a person in a leadership role such as a pastor or the leader of a small study group which it was designed for. I would definitely recommend it for anyone in one of these roles. For me it was a little too difficult to use as a individual study. It is well written and brings out many important issues and gave me a different perception on these written characters and events. I received this book from B&H Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
whemsworth More than 1 year ago
Exalting Jesus in 1 &2 Samuel is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition series.  The exposition series is a series of commentaries that strive to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible.  This particular volume is authored by Heath Thomas and J.D. Greear.  The authors stress that when one reads the Bible from front to back then it is also necessary to read it from back to front.  This does not mean that we are to read words backwards, but to recognize that the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament.  These echo the words of the great church father Augustine who said, "The New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament and the Old is revealed in the New." As with all commentaries there is an introduction to the books of Samuel.  It is a detailed introduction which also describes how in ancient Judaism the books were one volume.  It goes over every verse in 1 & 2 Samuel, and describes the rise and fall of Saul.  In this regard the authors make it personal, but in a good way.  They write that Israel was thirsting for something other than God, and they wanted to be like other nations and have a king.  We have all heard this story at one point or another, but the authors write that our king may be money, honor, or titles.  If that is what we rely on to give us happiness then we will be very disappointed. The commentary contains 271 pages, a great bibliography, and a very detailed scriptural index with cross references.  This is a great book for those who want to study 1 & 2 Samuel in a deeper way. [Note:  The book was received free of charge from B&H Publishing in return for an honest review.]
worleyhouse More than 1 year ago
This book was sent to me on behalf of B&H Publishing as part of their blogger program. All opinions are my own. Both my husband and I went to a faith based University where there was a heavy track on studying the Bible as part of our general studies. Since then he's come to love a good Bible Commentary and study books. Recently B&H sent me this commentary on the study of 1 & 2 Samuel. A couple things I loved about this commentary were the 'Reflect and Discussion' questions at the end of each chapter. They really help you think about the items discussed in each chapter. Great questions to get your mind thinking and talking about these books of the Bible. I also enjoyed the 'main idea' sections at the start of a new chapter and section. It really breaks everything down so you can see where the chapter is going to go. If you like studying the Bible and reading commentaries like this I think you'll like this.
grae_bird More than 1 year ago
1 and 2 Samuel—a book with questions. A book in a historical context far different from ours. What does it have to do with us? King David, a good example, someone we want to be like but often feel like we’ll never measure up. He was the great-great-something of Jesus, right? A king, right? Chosen. Anointed. And the rest of the book? King Saul, evil spirits, battle deaths, no-honey oaths, usurpation of the thrones, a royal history of a land we can’t quite picture… But the authors of Exalting Jesus in 1 and 2 Samuel (Thomas & Greear) make a stunning claim: “First and Second Samuel expose for careful readers the horrors and hope of the real world” (7). And the authors do a good job at proving that thesis. Not all questions are answered. Not all things are explained. But strengths are numerous: - Accessible to the average church attender, not just teachers or preachers - Great guides for preaching – it is definitely expository in nature, so reads less like a textbook than a collection of sermons - Reaches the heart, revealing sin, ministering grace, encouragement, hope - Gospel-infused with sin to grace - God-centered, making God the hero rather than a mere moral-example book, but yet not undermining that aspect either - Christ-centered, following Christ’s own interpretation in Luke 24:47 - Bridges the contexts and touches our contemporary world well You will not find an in-depth exploration of Hebrew, the text, structure, etc. In fact, one weakness may be that it does too much of the work! Yet, Thomas and Greear do draw out some relevant Hebrew words, terms, and implications. They do bring forth some different dimensions of the text that would be available only to a student of the original text or a more careful scholar. A multifarious range of cited materials show they have done their research, both culturally and theologically. If you are familiar with J. D. Greear’s preaching, you’ll be familiar with the tone of the book. All in all, definitely a great resource for personal devotional reading or teaching/preaching preparation. Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishing through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.