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Berit Olam: 2 Samuel

ISBN: 9780814650431



King David ranks among the most intriguing persons in the Hebrew Bible. The Second Book of Samuel tells the story of David's kingship-his public successes and his private foibles. The narrator's rehearsal of this story, as questioning as it is vivid, glimpses the secrets of David's heart. In this commentary, Craig E. Morrison focuses on the aesthetics of the "art of the telling": how does the narrator succeed in breathing life into his portrait of David? How does he draw the reader into his story? This commentary is intended to accompany the reader's encounter with this ancient masterpiece so that one might cheer with David as he dances before the ark of God and weep with him as he grieves the death of his rebel son Absalom. Morrison's careful reading of 2 Samuel brings the reader face-to-face with David, whose multifaceted character eludes facile labels.

Key Features

  • Places an emphasis on the Hebrew Bible as literature
  • Provides thoughtful exegesis and interpretation
  • Biblical research in the Catholic tradition

Praise for the Print Edition

It is not often that one comes across a commentary so rich in exegetical insight despite so little attention given to other contemporary scholarship. Consistent with the stated aim of the Berit Olam series, Morrison prioritizes the final form of the text and approaches 2 Samuel as primarily a work of artistic storytelling, as literature directly comparable to Shakespeare and Austen, Homer and Dickens.

—James E. Patrick, Theological Studies

Morrison's 2 Samuel makes a wonderful addition to the Berit Olam series. He demonstrates considerable literary sensitivity in discussing a book as rich as biblical prose narrative gets. The series' specialization in Hebrew narrative and poetry is thus well met.

—Barbara Green, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

  • Title: 2 Samuel
  • Author: Craig E. Morrison
  • Series: Berit Olam Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2018
  • Pages: 344
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. 2 Samuel › Commentaries
  • ISBN: 9780814650431
  • Resource ID: LLS:BO10SA2
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-07-30T21:04:39Z

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Craig E. Morrison teaches Aramaic and biblical exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Among his interests are an appreciation of the art of Hebrew narrative and lectio divina. He has written for The Bible Today, Word Among Us, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and other scholarly journals.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition


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  1. Forrest Cole

    Forrest Cole


  2. Sergio Dario Costa Silva
  3. Phillip J. Long
  4. Tan Hock Seng
  5. Thomas Binder

    Thomas Binder


  6. Arsène OUEDRAOGO
  7. B. J . Oropeza
    For a smaller commentary, I was surprised that it had a fair amount of content, for example, on the Bathsheba incident. If you like structural chiasms, you will like this volume (though in my view some chiasms are more plausible than others). One set back in this volume is that the author does not engage much with other authors. That may be a plus, however, for someone who may simply want to read this book cover to cover. Don't be impressed, however, if you are a serious researcher. At a little over 300 pages covering 24 different chapters in 2 Sam., you'll end up getting what you pay for.

  8. Larry Craig

    Larry Craig


    OK, now I am annoyed. Actually I was annoyed before, but I wanted to be nice. Over and over again, Logos advertises a commentary, though it happens with a lot of books, and the sample pages are from the introduction. I could be interested in this, but without seeing how the book deals with the text, I don't have the right information to make a decision. So I'll pass. Again.