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First and Second Samuel: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching)

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With critical scholarship and theological sensitivity, Walter Brueggemann traces the people of God through the books of Samuel as they shift from marginalized tribalism to oppressive monarchy. He carefully opens the literature of the books, sketching a narrative filled with historical realism but also bursting with an awareness that more than human action is being presente ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Charlene
I have always had a high regard for the work of Walter Brueggemann, but I did find this book in the Interpretation series "for preaching and teaching" to be more directly involved in some scholarship than other books I have in the same series.

As with all three books I've listed on I & II Samuel this week, I read all introductory material through the kingship of Saul, in order to prepare a sermon on I Sam 8.

I will gladly return to this book in the future, should the occasion arise when I migh
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Bruce Fogerty
Feb 02, 2016 Bruce Fogerty rated it it was amazing
A good text. Gives the reader additional interpretation regarding the political, social, and literary aspects of First and Second Samuel.
Jason
Jul 13, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
There are times when you find a scholar who, in an instant, forces you to rethink everything you've already known, reimagine what you assumed and rewrite everything you've written. Brueggeman is that for me in the Old Testament (just as N.T. Wright is that for me in the New). It wasn't that i was wrong before - I probably was on the track that Brueggeman has laid down, it's just that I was so completely inadequate. My understanding of the OT texts was black and white, and Brueggeman's explanatio ...more
Graham
Mar 26, 2014 Graham rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. A non-technical commentary which focuses on the literary forms, techniques and flow of 1 & 2 Samuel. Brueggemann is a master of biblical literary art, finding the nuances and devices of the narrator to tell a good story, and to teach through that story. While this commentary does not feature technical features like other commentaries, it is a key work to help readers understand 1 & 2 Samuel as literary drama as well as a historical-theological piece.
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Overly digested. Overly explained. Like his poor Genesis commentary, Brueggemann says way too much and doesn't let the text do enough of the talking. Robert Alter's spare translation/commentary "The David Story" offers so much more room for the reader's and preacher's imagination.
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Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Westminster John Knox Press best sellers such as Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation series, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christ ...more
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