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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed; First edition (18 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596381973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596381971
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When people think of 1 Samuel, they think of David, the man after God's own heart. Yet 1 Samuel introduces us to two great alter egos Samuel and Saul. And let's not forget Eli, Hannah, and Jonathan

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Amazing Commentary 17 April 2013
By Brian G. Mcmillan - Published on
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I have never written a review on Amazon, and I purchase 200+ items a year from them. So I hope that in itself is saying something. I am a pastor doing a series on David and for my preparation I purchased 15 additional commentaries to the 7 I already owned on 1 Samuel. They all add something important and different to my studies. I just finished a message on 1 Samuel 17, so to be fare, I have only read this one section of this commentary. But what an incredible few pages of wisdom it is! This commentary doesn't go word for word, and it doesn't need to. There are plenty of others that do this. Instead Dr. Phillips shares his heart, intellect and scholarly diligence in way that is challenging to a theologian, yet applicable to a small group Bible study leader. This is a must have if you are studying 1 Samuel.
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Must have for preachers and Christians 14 July 2012
By Mathew Sims - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a technical commentary this series is not for you, but let's be honest many the technical commentaries are over the average Joe's head anyways. This commentary reads like a beautifully written narrative and was written for your average pastor or well read lay person.

Dr. Phillips skillfully works his way through 1 Samuel highlighting important themes and addressing important textual issues in the book without getting bogged down. Most of the pipe work for the technical issues is never seen. The issues are mentioned, explained, and the ants go marching on.

For instance, he address concisely and plainly the textual issue found in 1 Samuel 13 (the length of Saul's reign). He lays out the three major views and then briefly examines each and offers his own position (pp. 194-95). Short, sweet, and to the point.

There is also a balance of scholarly work and ease of reading that will serve many well including the lay person who wants to understand the Old Testament better. I frequently found myself reading through the passage at the start of each chapter, meditating on it, and then using the chapter as a more in-depth devotional.

Another feature which allows this commentary to be used in this regard is that there is robust application throughout I Samuel. Dr. Phillips makes application for our daily living. This is difficult. I have heard some of best preachers falter when applying the Old Testament for today. It's hard work but Dr. Phillips' application is rocket-fuel.

Finally, Dr. Phillips weaves the story of Israel in 1 Samuel with the larger story of Christ. Christ alone is the hero and Dr. Phillips demonstrates this. For instances,

We might honor Samuel's legacy by recounting all the things that made him great. But a better way to honor him would be to look through him to see reasons why Jesus Christ is a better Savior, King, and Mediator, in whom we may find all that we need for the eternal salvation of our soul. (p. 192)

and then later

The New Testament reveals this promised Son, the man truly and fully after God's own heart, as Jesus our Savior. Like King Saul, Jesus began his ministry with a sore trial: his temptation in the wilderness. How greatly it must have rejoiced the Father's heart when his Son honored him under the trials of Satan, passing every test through obedience to the Word of God: "It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone' " (Luke 4:4, quoting Deut. 8:3); "It is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve' " (Luke 4:8, quoting Deut. 6:13); "It is said, `You shall not put the Lord your God to the test' " (Luke 4:12, quoting Deut. 6:16). (p. 205)

I would highly recommend 1 Samuel if you're looking for a Christ-centered approach to the Old Testament. And if you're not a pastor and the OT intimidates you this book would be a great primer in engaging the OT story and finding Christ. Here's possibly my favorite quotation, "The cross where Jesus died for our sins is the throne from which he reigns with peace for mankind" (p. 167).
Great Commentary 16 Mar. 2014
By parkerj - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Reformed Expository Commentary is a series that aims to provide a fresh exposition of the Biblical text for today's generation. In the series introduction the series editors (Phil Ryken & Richard Phillips) lay out the four fundamental commitments in this series. They are:
1) To be biblical - that is to pay careful attention to the text and exposit the Scriptures. There is less focus on the original language and structure and more focus on the story that the passage is telling. 2) Unashamedly Doctrinal - this series approaches the text from a Reformed perspective, as found in the Bible. 3) Redemptive-Historical - this means that they believe in the unity and continuity of the Bible, and interpret it in a Christ centered approach for all of Scripture. 4) Practical - by applying the truths found in the Scriptures to contemporary challenges in life.
I do want to make a brief comment on aesthetics. This Commentary also looks great as you can see from the picture. While this isn't a huge selling point, and certainly not a reason to chose one commentary over another, I must say that this one looks really nice on the bookshelf, especially when you have more than one in the series (This is my 7th volume in this series and they look really good on the shelf).

This volume on 1 Samuel is another great commentary in the Reformed Expository Commentary collection. Old Testament commentaries, and sermons for that matter, come in a wide variety, from simply just walking through the historical facts to some wild and strange practical application for modern day believers. This is where this commentary from Richard Phillips is helpful. Phillips speaks about the above mentioned tendency when he states, "most sermons on the hero of 1 Samuel will focus on ways in which David's example is deemed relevant for us today. For many, David is the model young believer as he stands before the giant Goliath, armed with only his shepherd's sling and his faith in God." While David can be a good example for young believer's it is vitally important that we look past and through David. Phillips explains: For all the fascination of the romantic David, however, the discerning Christian will realize an even stronger interest in David as one of the Old Testament's principal types or models of Jesus Christ. It is as an anointed one, one called and provided by God to lead Israel, that David plays his chief role in redemptive history and makes his distinctive contribution in preparing God's people for the Anointed One." We are able to see a type of Christ when we look at David. Phillips does a wonderful job with consistent application as well as keeping the exposition Christ-centered. Again, Phillips is concerned with the reader gaining a proper perspective when he states, "the traditional perspective on David the man of faith remains a valid approach in expositing 1 Samuel. Yet above merely serving as an example, David more importantly directs us to the promised Savior who is the object of our faith. Not everything David does is 1 Samuel is Christlike - far from it!- but as the anointed one in his own time, he begins to show God's people how the true Messiah will bring salvation to his needy people for all time." This is helpful because Phillips doesn't just toss out plain straightforward exposition in exchange for a complete focus on Christ, but rather blends his exposition with a thoughtful pointing forward to Christ where it is applicable.

I continue to be impressed with how helpful this commentary series is and how enjoyable it is to read. 1 Samuel is yet another commentary in this series that I highly recommend. I received a free copy of this commentary from P&R Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Great commentary 20 April 2013
By Marshall N. Polson - Published on
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Great book. It has helped me greatly to understand the book of 1 Samuel. They author has really done the work to understand the language and meaning of the book of 1 Samuel. An easy read, and good reformed theology.
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