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Author Chapman, Stephen B., 1962- author.

Title 1 Samuel as Christian scripture : a theological commentary / Stephen B. Chapman
Published Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016


Description 1 online resource (viii, 349 pages)
Contents Part one : taking up the task. Reading 1 Samuel as a book -- Part two : reading 1 Samuel closely. 1 Samuel 1-12 ; 1 Samuel 13-20 ; 1 Samuel 21-31 -- Part three : reflecting on history and theology. 1 Samuel and the Christian faith
Summary This work by Stephen Chapman offers a robustly theological and explicitly Christian reading of 1 Samuel. Chapman's commentary reveals the theological drama at the heart of that biblical book as it probes the tension between civil religion and vital religious faith through the characters of Saul and David. - Publisher
In this theological commentary on 1 Samuel, Stephen Chapman probes the tension between religious conviction and political power through the characters of Saul and David. Saul, Chapman argues, embodies civil religion, a form of belief that is ultimately captive to the needs of the state. David, on the other hand, stands for a vital religious faith that can support the state while still maintaining a theocentric freedom. Chapman offers a robustly theological and explicitly Christian reading of 1 Samuel, carefully studying the received Hebrew text to reveal its internal logic. He shows how the book's artful narrative explores the theological challenge presented by the emergence of the monarchy in ancient Israel. Chapman also illuminates the reception of the David tradition, both in the Bible and in later history: even while David as king becomes a potent symbol for state power, his biblical portrait continues to destabilize civil religion
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Print version record
The Academy of Parish Clergy 2016 Reference Book of the Year
SUBJECT Bible. Samuel, 1st -- Theology
Bible. Samuel, 1st -- Commentaries
Bible. Samuel, 1st fast
Subject RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Old Testament.
Genre/Form Commentaries
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781467445160