The First Book of Samuel

The First Book of Samuel

by David Toshio Tsumura


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802823595
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: New International Commentary on the Old Testament Series
Pages: 698
Sales rank: 1,165,651
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

David Toshio Tsumura is professor of Old Testament at Japan Bible Seminary, Tokyo, chairman of the Tokyo Museum of Biblical Archaeology, and editor of Exegetica: Studies in Biblical Exegesis.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface     ix
Author's Preface     xi
Abbreviations     xiii
Introduction     1
Title     1
Text     2
Date and Authorship     11
Historical and Religious Background     33
Grammar and Syntax     46
Discourse Analysis     49
Prose and Poetry     55
Literary Structure and Themes     65
Theology of 1 Samuel     69
Purpose of 1 Samuel     73
Outline of 1 Samuel     73
Select Bibliography     81
Text and Commentary
"Story of Samuel" - With the Embedded "Story of the Ark of God" (1:1-7:17)     103
Rise of Samuel as Prophet (1:1-3:21)     103
Story of the Ark of God (4:1-7:1)     184
Judgeship of Samuel (7:2-17)     229
Transition to the Monarchy - (8:1-22)     242
"Appoint Us a King" (8:1-22)     242
"Story of Saul" (9:1-15:35)     262
Saul Made King (9:1-11:15)     262
Samuel's Address to Israel (12:1-25)     314
Reign of Saul (13:1-15:35)     330
"Story of Saul and David" (16:1-31:13)     412
Introduction of David (16:1-23)     413
David and Goliath: Battle at the Valley of Elah (17:1-54)     434
Saul, Jonathan, and David (17:55-18:5)     469
Saul Becomes David's Enemy (18:6-30)     474
Saul's Attempts to Kill David (19:1-20:42)     489
David's Escape from Saul (21:1-26:25)     527
David in Philistia (27:1-30:31)     607
Death of Saul and Jonathan (31:1-13)     648
Subjects     657
Modern Authors     668
Scripture References     676
Foreign Words     686

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StephenBarkley on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Tsumura's entry in Eerdman's NICOT commentary series is strong. Here is where it's most useful:1. Ancient Hebrew: The core of this commentary is Tsumura's ability to bring out the meaning of the original language. Interconnections within the text and play-on-words come to life in English under Tsumura's hand.2. Geography: There are many military exploits in 1 Samuel where the geography is taken for granted. Tsumura describes the relationship between towns and how the landscape would either benefit or imperil a military assault.3. Modern Translation Discrepancies: If you read 1 Samuel in a variety of English translations, you discover a number of different interpretive options. This is especially noticeable in a small group setting, where each participant has their own favored translation at hand. More than most Old Testament books, there are a number of differences between the MT and the LXX, which in turn leads to a plethora of English interpretations. Tsumura's an expert guide at navigating the MT and LXX options.My only real issue with Tsumura's book was his lack of narrative perspective. The significance and theological implications of many events were passed over quite quickly. If you're looking to wrestle with the implications of the narrative, read Brueggemann's First and Second Samuel from the Interpretation commentary series alongside the NICOT offering. (Conversely, Brueggemann passes over a lot of the technical information that Tsumura has mastered.)David Tsumura's commentary is an excellent resource for any pastor or serious parishioner who wants to dive deeply into the Samuel, Saul, and David stories.