Here’s one of the more substantial volumes in the well-known Old Testament Library (OTL) series. A. Graeme Auld has been turning out scholarly writings for a long time and is highly respected, particularly in critical circles. I often don’t agree with his critical conclusions, but must admit that he can make some brilliant observations and has a keen eye for what others miss.
After a bibliography, Auld jumps into an Introduction that begins by rightfully seeing I & II Samuel as the Book of David. To his mind, all the other characters are merely the supporting cast. He explains how “no other biblical books in such detail take us into the lives of their principal characters and families.” Next he delves into textual issues of Samuel. That takes him onto the slippery slope of sources and some opinions that could never be substantiated.
By page 20 we are into the commentary proper that runs all the way to page 630. This is the section where the nuggets lie in this book. Again, I couldn’t possibly agree with all his critical presuppositions and conclusions, but I appreciated his ability to point out things that I found no where else.
I love a commentary that can spur thinking even if there are things I disagree with. For that reason, I find it easy to recommend this commentary.
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