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Straight to the Heart of 1 & 2 Samuel
60 Bite-Sized Insights
by Phil Moore
Publisher:Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
On the back cover Michael Green says of this series of commentaries, "Most commentaries are dull. These are alive. Most commentaries are for scholars. These are for you!" I wholeheartedly agree! This, Moore's commentary on 1 & 2 Samuel, scores high on readability (the chapters are short), and holds the reader's interest with great stories and illustrations. The 2 books of Samuel are divided into 5 sections, from each of which we learn a characteristic of those whom God uses, namely, that they are humble, obedient, and pure, that they love God's name, and that they are repentant. There are certainly some marvellous insights. I learned, for example, that the Israelites asked God for a Melek (a term for king previously used only for God) but God gave them a Nagid (a viceroy under God). I like the way David's Psalms are tied in with the events that inspired them. Footnotes are conveniently to be found at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Excellent!
Reviewer: Brian Kerr (15/12/12)