The stories of Samuel, Saul, and David are among the most memorable in the Old Testament. Yet the lives of these individuals are bound up in the larger story of God's purpose for his people. Looking beyond the well-known surface of these stories, Joyce Baldwin explores the meaning of the biblical history of Israel's vital transition from a confederation of tribes to nationhood under a king. This commentary provides an excellent introduction to the critical issues of authorship, date, composition and structure of Samuel, as well as an able discussion of its theological themes.
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“Samuel sums up the basic sin of Israel in the words, they forgot the Lord their God.” (Page 107)
“There is an instructive contrast between the Hannah who, distraught and averse to food, went to pray, and the Hannah who returned to join the family. Though outwardly her circumstances had not changed, she was now joyous and resolute, full of assurance that her prayer would be answered.” (Page 57)
“What Samuel is at pains to establish once and for all is the essential difference between Israel’s monarchy and that of the nations. In Israel the Lord is king, and obedience to him must be paramount. It follows that any sign of a desire for independence of action becomes a disqualification: it is the equivalent of rebellion against the Lord. Already the Lord has selected Saul’s successor, who will be a man after his own heart, prepared to let the Lord’s will, as spoken by his prophet, be the guide of his life.” (Page 113)
“It says much for Samuel’s self-discipline that he got up three times in the early hours in response to what he thought was Eli’s call. His willing obedience was a qualification for receiving God’s word.” (Page 68)
“David had expected and hoped that Uriah would prove to be like himself; instead he proved to be a man of integrity, whose first loyalty was to the king’s interests rather than to his own pleasure.” (Page 249)
The late Joyce G. Baldwin was Principal of Trinity College, Bristol.