By David H. Jensen
"The episodes in 1 and a couple of Samuel are awesome of their depiction of human characters—priests, infantrymen, kings, prophets, and royal advisers—but additionally major in how they narrate the vital 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 essentially 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 realize in them the hand of God."
—from the introduction
First and moment Samuel describe the beginnings of monarchy in historical 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 impression persevered for generations. yet as Jensen makes transparent in his best suited remark, there's one other determine who's a critical personality: God. all through his theologically wealthy remedy of those biblical books, Jensen explores what makes those texts very important for us. He means that we learn 1 and a pair of Samuel simply because they exhibit the complexities of the human individual; the ambiguities of our social preparations as international locations; and God's corporation in a conflicted international. Jensen notes that as we're formed through and grapple with the biblical tales, we're invited to discover our personal tales inside them. "What retains us coming again to faith," he says, "is its tales: tales that inform the reality in regards to the human situation, our shared company existence, and the lifestyles God offers to the world."
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