2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity
Publisher Christian Focus Publications
This book appears in the following featured collections.
- Essential Commentaries for a Preacher's Library - OT by Derek Thomas
I have become a collector of commentaries ever since my seminary days in the 1990s. As such, I am only going to recommend the best overall commentary for each book of the Bible on this site. For 1 Samuel (and 2 Samuel), for the preacher/teacher, Dr. Davis' wins out. His is not a verse-by-verse treatment and he does not deal with all the technical issues you might find in some other commentaries, but he engages the heart and the mind in an uncanny way with biblical and theological accuracy. I could not recommend his contribution on 1 and 2 Samuel any higher. (It is also worth considering getting Peter Leithart's "A Son to Me" for a different voice).
Though obviously very learned and aware of all the interpretive issues, the tow commentaries on Samuel by Dale Ralph Davis focus more on making the text real to us. There is not a focus on background information or showing different views. But the comments that he does make are very good and he does a great job with application. Another advantage is both available as Kindle books for very low cost (or at least was at one time the R4 Group – Christian Focus Commentaries: Volume 1: Old Testament). The volume on 1 Samuel especially helpful and would be my first commentary choice for first Samuel The volume on 2 Samuel is also very good though my first choice would be Robert Barron in the Brazos series.
Dale Ralph Davis has written fantastic commentaries on many of the historical books of the Old Testament, 1 & 2 Samuel among them. (As an aside, I was excited to see in a recent catalog that he’ll also be providing Daniel for the BST series.) While they are written at such a level that they are accessible for the general reader, they are very helpful for pastors as well. Truly, if you are going to preach Samuel, you will definitely want to have access to them. [Full Review]