1 & 2 Samuel, written by A. Graeme Auld and published by Westminster John Knox Press, is one of the most well written modern commentaries on this book of the Bible. 1 & 2 Samuel is one of the more recent volume of the Old Testament Library, a series which is synonymous with critical scholarship, this volume continues this legacy. Auld is no stranger to studious commentaries series on scripture yet this is his first foray into the Old Testament Library Commentary series.
1 & 2 Samuel begins with the typical study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, yet while introductions are common; this introduction is atypical of most commentaries. It is not that this work doesn’t dive into history and recent scholarship, which 1 & 2 Samuel does a phenomenal job of; rather, it is the thoroughness that Auld takes with these introductory matters which makes this commentary atypical. In a day where these matters are either glossed over to get to the exegesis of the text or are so cumbersome that they become useless, Auld has found a good balance in being thorough, communicating depth and attention to recent scholarship, all without losing the forest in the trees. I must readily admit that while Auld shows the depth of scholarship, some of the conclusions that he draws are more liberal than my taste. This in no way negates his scholarship or his contributions Old Testament scholarship.
In reference to the commentary on the text of these books of the Bible, Auld takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while sprinkling practical application to the reader throughout the textual commentary. This book is helpful to any pastor who is looking for a depth that other commentaries do not provide.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Westminster John Knox Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
1 and 2 Samuel: The Old Testament Library
© 2012 by A. Graeme Auld
Publisher: Westminster John Knox
Page Count: 686 Pages