By David H. Jensen
"The episodes in 1 and a couple of Samuel are outstanding of their depiction of human characters—priests, infantrymen, kings, prophets, and royal advisers—but additionally major in how they narrate the primary personality of this historical past, the God of Israel. historical past, in those books, isn't really easily an accounting of royal intrigue, army battles, and socio-economic fight however the level upon which God finds God's very self. First and moment Samuel relay one of the most memorable vignettes in all Scripture—the name of Samuel, David's conflict with Goliath, and David's seizure of Bathsheeba as his wife—and detect in them the hand of God."
—from the introduction
First and moment Samuel describe the beginnings of monarchy in historic Israel and introduce us to interesting characters: Samuel—prophet, priest, and choose; Saul—the tragic determine who turns into Israel's first king; and David—Saul's celebrated successor and Israel's key chief whose effect persevered for generations. yet as Jensen makes transparent in his perfect remark, there's one other determine who's a significant personality: God. all through his theologically wealthy remedy of those biblical books, Jensen explores what makes those texts vital for us. He means that we learn 1 and a pair of Samuel simply because they show the complexities of the human individual; the ambiguities of our social preparations as international locations; and God's enterprise in a conflicted global. Jensen notes that as we're formed by means of and grapple with the biblical tales, we're invited to discover our personal tales inside of them. "What retains us coming again to faith," he says, "is its tales: tales that inform the reality concerning the human , our shared company existence, and the lifestyles God supplies to the world."
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