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The Anchor Yale Bible: II Samuel (AYB)


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II Samuel completes P. Kyle McCarter Jr.’s study of the book of Samuel. In this volume, McCarter continues the discussion of textual and literary sources as they relate to a reconstruction of historical events.

A key issue for McCarter is accounting for the historical circumstances that led to the composition of the book of Samuel. In dialogue with major schools of thought pertaining to the origin and transmission of the book, the author offers his scholarly opinions on its composition. McCarter presents a unique new translation based upon the latest and most extensive textual sources available, including scrolls and fragments from Qumran. Furthermore, he resolves the complicated textual history of Samuel.

Logos Bible Software gives you the tools you need to use this volume effectively and efficiently. With your digital library, you can search for verses, find Scripture references and citations instantly, and perform word studies. Along with your English translations, all Scripture passages are linked to Greek and Hebrew texts. What’s more, hovering over a Scripture reference will instantly display your verse! The advanced tools in your digital library free you to dig deeper into one of the most important contributions to biblical scholarship in the past century!

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  • Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
  • Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
  • Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature

Top Highlights

“ A seat at the king’s table represented royal patronage and special favor” (Page 261)

“I prefer to think of the David-Bathsheba-Uriah-Nathan sequence (11:2–12:24) as the wholly original work of a prophetic writer who inserted it into the archival frame and set the finished composition in front of the story of Abishalom’s rebellion, which it serves as an interpretive preface.” (Page 306)

“That story concludes gloomily in v. 23, with no brighter prospect ahead than trouble out of David’s house, and the presence of vv. 24–25 should not be permitted to relieve the gloom the author of 11:2–12:23 has worked so hard to produce.” (Page 308)

“Thus the story of the origin of this altar looks beyond the reign of David towards Solomon’s erection of the temple.” (Page 517)

“As king, David is expected to administer justice; as rich oppressor, however, he subverts justice” (Page 305)

  • Title: II Samuel
  • Author: P. Kyle McCarter Jr.
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 576

P. Kyle McCarter Jr. is William F. Albright Professor in Biblical and Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He holds degrees from Harvard University, McCormick Theological Seminary, and the University of Oklahoma. He is a contributor to Ancient Israel, Aspects of Monotheism, and The Rise of Ancient Israel.


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