1 and 2 Samuel

1 and 2 Samuel

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The NIV Application Commentary helps you communicate and apply biblical text effectively in today's context.

To bring the ancient messages of the Bible into today's world, each passage is treated in three sections:



Original Meaning. Concise exegesis to help readers understand the original meaning of the biblical text in its historical, literary, and cultural context.
Bridging Contexts. A bridge between the world of the Bible and the world of today, built by discerning what is timeless in the timely pages of the Bible.
Contemporary Significance. This section identifies comparable situations to those faced in the Bible and explores relevant application of the biblical messages. The author alerts the readers of problems they may encounter when seeking to apply the passage and helps them think through the issues involved.

This unique, award-winning commentary is the ideal resource for today's preachers, teachers, and serious students of the Bible, giving them the tools, ideas, and insights they need to communicate God's Word with the same powerful impact it had when it was first written.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 688 pages
  • 165 x 241 x 50mm | 1,087g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0310210860
  • 9780310210863
  • 98,228

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Why do the books of Samuel pack such broad appeal? Taken together as a single narrative, they certainly offer something for everyone: kings and prophets, great battles and greater heroes, action and romance, loyalty and betrayal, the mundane and the miraculous. In Samuel, we meet Saul, David, Goliath, Jonathan, Bathsheba, the witch of Endor, and other unforgettable characters. And we encounter ourselves. For while the culture and conditions of Israel under its first kings is vastly different from our own, the basic issues of humans in relation to God, the Great King, have not changed. Sin, repentance, forgiveness, adversity, prayer, faith, and the promises of God---these continue to play out in our lives today. Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Bill T. Arnold shares perspectives on 1 and 2 Samuel that reveal ageless truths for our twenty-first-century lives. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable---but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
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"Here at last is a commentary which is not only academically well informed but which helps that commentary reader hear God's Word and consider its implications; scholarship in service of the Church." * Arthur Rowe, Spurgeon's College * "The NIV Application Commentary dares to go where few scholars have gone before---into the real world of biblical application faced by pastor and teachers every day. This is everything a good commentary series should be." * Leith Anderson, Pastor, Wooddale Church * "This is the pulpit commentary for the 21st Century" * George K. Brushaber, President, Bethel College & Seminary * "If you want to avoid hanging applicational elephants from interpretational threads, then the NIV Application Commentary is for you! This series excels at both original meaning and contemporary significance. I support it one hundred percent." * Howard G. Hendricks, Dallas Theological Seminary * "The NIV Application Commentary is a magnificent gift to the church!" * Dr. R. Kent Hughes, Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois * "The NIV Application Commentary series will be a great help for readers who want to understand what the Bible means, how it applies, and what they should do in response." * Stuart Briscoe, Pastor, Elmbrook Church * "The NIV Application Commentary meets the urgent need for an exhaustive and authoritative commentary based on the New International Version. This series will soon be found in libraries and studies throughout the entire evangelical community." * Dr. James Kennedy, PhD, Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church * "It is encouraging to find a commentary that is not only biblically trustworthy but also contemporary in its application. The NIV Application Commentary series will prove to be a helpful tool in the pastor's sermon preparation. I use it and recommend it." * Charles F. Stanley, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Atlanta * "The NIV Application Commentary series helps pastors and other Bible teachers with one of the most neglected elements of good preaching---accurate, useful application. Most commentaries tell you a few things that are helpful and much that you do not need to know. By dealing with the original meaning and contemporary significance of each passage, the NIV Application Commentary series promises to be helpful all the way around." * Dr. James Montgomery Boice, Tenth Presbyterian Church * "The NIV Application Commentary builds bridges that make the Bible come alive with meaning for contemporary life--and the series do so concisely, clearly, and accurately. No wasted words or academic detours--just solid help and practical truth." * Warren W. Weirsbe * "At a time when many pastors are deeply in need of inspiration and encouragement, these volumes... would be a good investment for congregations, even if it means adding a line to the annual budget." * Christianity Today * "The NIV Application Commentary series promises to be of great service to all who preach and teach the Word of God." * J. I. Packer, Regent College * "It takes more than interpretation of God's Word to change lives, it takes application. Application is the bottom line in preaching and teaching. Without it, we've missed the point of the Bible. The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing 'doers of the Word.'" * Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Valley Community Church * "This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible's timeless message speak to this generation." * Billy Graham * "The NIV Application Commentary series doesn't fool around: It gets right down to business, bringing this ancient and powerful Word of God into the present so that it can be heard and delivered with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend's embrace." * Eugene Peterson *
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About Bill T. Arnold

Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is director of Hebrew studies and professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Genesis, and coauthor of Encountering the Old Testament, and A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. He and his wife, Susan, have three sons and live in Lexington, Kentucky.
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