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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus (20 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857925165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857925166
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best expository commentary I have read in many years. It is comprehensive, up to date and easily read. (Eric Alexander ~ Conference speaker and formerly minister St George's Tron, Glasgow for 20 years)

This is a superbly easy-to-read book. But the thing I liked best was the incisive application. It is not possible to read this book and feel unchallenged. (The Messenger)

Enthusiasm for these commentaries is absolutely right. No preacher should be without them. No thoughtful Christian can fail to be excited and edified by them. (Evangelicals Now)

The most practical expository work that this reviewer has ever encountered. (Southwestern Journal of Theology)

An excellent crisp, lively exposition. (Bibliotheca Sacra Journal)

... readable and theologically reliable. This commentary is of value both as a book to be read and enjoyed and as a study book for preachers. It is excellent. (Evangelical Times)

One of the reasons I enjoy Davis's exposition so much is that I feel confident that he has done his exegetical homework, and so is not just delivering blessed, unhistorical thoughts on the text. Yet at the same time, he applies the text so well. (Simon Gathercole ~ Director of Studies, Theology and Religious Studies, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, Cambridge)

"A happy blend of exegetical and historical study on the one hand, and homiletical treatment and application on the other. Ideas pop out everywhere, even in the most unlikely places. New insights abound." (Richard A. Bodey)

"presents historical and theological material in a way that can only excite the expositor." (Warren W. Wiersbe ~ Author and Conference Speaker)

"A great feast of biblical truth made so digestible, garnished with so many apt illustrations." (Alec Motyer ~ (1924-2016) Well known Bible expositor and commentary writer)

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I have worked through I Samuel using several commentaries: Brueggemann (Interpretation), Hertzberg (OTL), Klein (WBC), Baldwin (TOTC), Bergen (NAC), R P Gordon, and Dale Ralph Davis. If I had to pick just one, I would unquestionably choose Davis.

It is basically a literary and theological commentary from an evangelical Christian perspective. This means, that on the one hand, it is not a devotional or homiletical commentary, and on the other hand that it does not deal much with critical and textual questions - though Davis is clearly aware of them. It does not go through the text verse by verse, though it is actually quite good for exegesis. As I say, Davis is primarily concerned about the meaning and theology of the text.

Negatives? Some people may feel that it has a rather 'light-weight' feel to it: it is very readable, and Davis uses plenty of anecdotes and humour. There is no verse by verse exegesis. To put it another way, it does not look like a scholarly work. In one sense it isn't - it is aimed at pastors and "lay people", rather than at scholars. Don't let that fool you, however. Davis is a very competent scholar of the Hebrew Bible.
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I've used this commentary few times now when preaching on parts of 1 Samuel (I have never actually preached a whole book). Although it is not a verse by verse commentary Dale Ralph Davis brings his considerable skill and knowledge to exegete the text in a very thorough and helpful way (in other words he tells you what it's all about). As always he is very clear and accessible and make any work on the text or reading concerning it very enjoyable experience as your brain cells don't have to labour too hard in understanding what he has written, something certain theologians would do well to take note of! Written and illustrated with a considerable amount of his usual humour this commentary ticks all the usual boxes that I would be looking for in a good commentary. Added to that the price is incredibly reasonable. Everything taken into account I cannot say enough good things about it or recommend it highly enough if you are engaged in sermon or Bible study preparation or just wanting to understand what lessons are on offer to us today in the book of 1 Samuel today. I guarantee that with this commentary any of those things will be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I'm using it as we are doing 1 Samuel in our weekly Bible study at the moment and it is proving very useful and enjoyable, even the preparation when you've got commentaries of this standard to use!
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This is an excellent book. It gets down to the nitty-gritty of the meaning of the text, and avoids all those side questions that so often confuse readers.
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Ordered one day, delivered the next! What more needs to be said? Superb. Haven't read the book yet so can't comment but fully expect it to be up to the authors usual high and very readable standard.
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