1 Samuel

Ralph W. Klein

1 Samuel
1 Samuel

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Series: Word Biblical Commentary
Categories: 1/2 Samuel
Tags: Technical

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The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.


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4.16666666666667 out of 5 based on 6 user ratings
Graham Ware April 24, 2018 4 5
A little light on exposition, and not as thorough as Tsumura, but still very helpful commentary by a top notch scholar on OT narrative texts.
Princeton Seminary January 5, 2018 5 5
a good semi-technical volume in the same vein as Campbellā€™s.
Jeremy Pierce (parableman) August 7, 2009 3 5
Ralph Klein's WBC on I Samuel (1983) was the best academic work on I Samuel until Tsumura's NICOT appeared. From what I've seen, I would prefer Tsumura, but for all I know there may be many things Klein is better at. Klein is a skilled textual critic. He is more conservative than McCarter's Anchor Bible but just as knowledgeable about the issues, and he's more willing to defend rather than emend the MT than McCarter is. He still seems a bit too Septuagint-friendly for my tastes. Those with higher views of the LXX than I have will like him, although some might like McCarter even more. I'm not sure I would consider him an evangelical, even though the series advertizes itself as evangelical (in a very loose sense). Klein has a concern for the final form of the text, but he does engage in redaction criticism in a way that's far more speculative than I think is warranted. He is perhaps rivaled only by Tsumura on matters of language, but he gives very little attention to other matters that I would very much want in my preferred commentary on any book, particularly with regard to theology and literary issues. [Full Review]
John Glynn September 20, 2008 5 5
A commentary concerned with the final form of the text. [Full Review]
Denver Seminary Journal June 16, 2008 4 5
A commentary concerned with the final form of the text. [Full Review]

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