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Opening Up 1 Samuel

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The Opening Up series offers accessible and easy-to-read introductions to the books of the Bible. The commentaries tackle the key issues in each book by introducing the history and context and giving an overview of important themes and events. The authors wrestle with the hard questions with a keen eye toward application and relevance for today.

The book of 1 Samuel is the story of Israel seeking a leader. After the failures of Eli, Samuel, and Saul to properly guide the people, God raises up David, the man after his own heart. This commentary gives a brief explanation of the text and then shows how these events, which took place thousands of years ago, have direct and profound application to our lives today, having been recorded “for our instruction” (1 Cor. 10:11). It also reveals how every event pointed toward the coming of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27), the final and ultimate leader of the people of God.

With the Logos edition of Opening Up 1 Samuel, research, sermon preparation, and Bible study are easier than ever. All Scripture references appear on mouseover and link to your preferred Bible. All text is fully searchable for quick and efficient study. This resource also links with all the other books in your library for fast cross-referencing.

Key Features

  • Provides discussion questions for reflection
  • Contains study guides, maps, and timelines
  • Includes a list of resources for further study


  • Hannah’s Hope
  • Eli and Sons
  • Israel’s Ark Is Raided and Lost
  • Samuel Leads Israel in Repentance and Revival
  • Israel Demands a King
  • Saul, the People’s King
  • Saul’s Failure and Folly
  • The Lord Anoints David as His King
  • David Defeats Goliath
  • David and Jonathan
  • Man on the Run
  • David and Abigail
  • The Fall of Saul

Praise for the Print Edition

There is no better brief and helpful introduction to the first book of Samuel . . . Devour it, and put its lessons into practice in your life and in the life of your church.

—Geoff Thomas, pastor, Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales

This book is an incredible asset for anyone wanting to know and apply God’s Word.

—Benjamin L. Merkle, professor of New Testament and Greek, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Jim Newheiser has multiplied the pleasure of reading and studying 1 Samuel. His commentary is a . . . wonderful devotional supplement.

—Robbie Casas, pastor, Guiding Light Christian Church, Baguio City, Philippines

This is Old Testament exposition at its very best.

—Phil Johnson, executive director, Grace to You

Product Details

  • Title: Opening Up 1 Samuel
  • Author: Jim Newheiser
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 144

About Jim Newheiser

Jim Newheiser earned an MA and DMin from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has been practicing biblical counseling for over 20 years, is a NANC Fellow, has served as the director of IBCD since 2006, and has been a pastor at Grace Bible Church in Escondido, California since 1990. Jim is a founding member and an executive board member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals. He is an international retreat and conference speaker, author of Opening Up Proverbs, and co-author of When Good Kids Make Bad Choices and You Never Stop Being a Parent.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition