The First Book of Samuel

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Mar 15, 2007 - Religion - 698 pages
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David and Goliath, the call of Samuel, the witch of Endor, David and Bathsheba — such biblical stories are well known. But the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, where they are recorded, are among the most difficult books in the Bible. The Hebrew text is widely considered corrupt and sometimes even unintelligible. The social and religious customs are strange and seem to diverge from the tradition of Moses. In this first part of an ambitious two-volume commentary on the books of Samuel, David Toshio Tsumura sheds considerable light on the background of 1 Samuel, looking carefully at the Philistine and Canaanite cultures, as he untangles the difficult Hebrew text.
 

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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
PURPOSE OF 1 SAMUEL
73
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
81
STORY OF SAMUEL WITH THE EMBEDDED
103
11535
262
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412
INDEXES
657
MODERN AUTHORS
668
Copyright

THEOLOGY OF 1 SAMUEL
69

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About the author (2007)

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.

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