I & II Samuel


Verse-by-Verse Commentaries:

Robert D. Bergen, 1 & 2 Samuel (New American Commentary, 7), Broadman & Holman, 1996. ****
Joyce G. Baldwin, 1 and 2 Samuel: Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale OT Commentary, 7), Inter Varsity, 1989.
Jan P. Fokkelman, Narrative Art and Poetry in the Book of Samuel (4 vols.), van Gorcum & Co. B. V., 1993.: ****1/2
____ King David (volume I)
____ The Crossing Fates (volume II)
____ Throne and City (volume III)
____ Vow & Desire (volume IV)
Robert P. Gordon, I and II Samuel: An Exegetical Commentary, Zondervan, 1988.
Ronald F. Youngblood, "I and II Samuel" in Expositor's Bible Commentary, Zondervan, 1992.

Monographs, Compilations, and Studies:

Moshe Garsiel, The First Book of Samuel: a Literary Study of Comparative Structures, Analogies, and Parallels, Revivim, 1985.
Herbert H. Klement, II Samuel 21-24: Context, Structure, and Meaning in the Samuel Conclusion (Europšische Hochschulschriften,
____ Reihe 23: Theologie, 682), Peter Lang, 2000.
V. Philips Long, The Reign and Rejection of King Saul: A Case for Literary and Theological Coherence (SBL Dissertation, 118),
____ Scholars Press, 1989.
Robert Polzin (ed.), Samuel and the Deuteronomist: A Literary Study of the Deuteronomic History, Part 2: 1 Samuel
____ (Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature), Indiana University Press, 1994.
________ David and the Deuteronomist: A Literary Study of the Deuteronomic History, Part 3: 2 Samuel (Indiana Studies
____ in Biblical Literature), Indiana University Press, 1993.
J. Robert Vannoy, Covenant Renewal at Gilgal. A Study of I Samuel 11.14-12.25, Mack Publishing Company, 1978.

Articles and Essays:

Brevard S. Childs, “On Reading the Elijah Narratives,” Interpretation 34 (1980) 134.
James T. Dennison Jr.
, "A King and a Cripple: II Samuel 4:4; 9:1-11; 16:14; 19:16, 17, 24-30," Kerux 1.2 (Sept 1986).
________ "The Rape of Tamar," Kerux 3.2 (Sept 1988).
William J. Dumbrell, "The Content and Significance of the Books of Samuel: Their Place and Purpose Within the Former Prophets,"
____ JETS 33 (1990): 49-62.
Jan P. Fokkelman, "Saul and David: Crossed Fates," Bible Review 5 (1989): 20-32.
Terence E. Fretheim, "Divine Foreknowledge, Divine Constancy, and the Rejection of Saul's Kingship," CBQ 47 (1985): 595-602.
Peter J. Leithart, "Nabal and His Wine," JBL 120.3 (2001): 525-527.
Walter C. Kaiser, "The Blessing of David: The Charter for Humanity" in The Law and the Prophets, Presbyterian and Reformed, 1974: 298-318.
John I. Lawlor, "Theology and Art in Narrative of Ammonite War (2 Samuel 10-12)," GTJ 3 (1982): 193-205.
V. Philips Long, "Scenic, Succinct, Subtle: An Introduction to the Literary Artistry of 1&2 Samuel," Presbyterion 19 (1993): 32-47.
________ "First and Second Samuel" in A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible [ed L. Ryken, et al], Zondervan, 1993: 165-181.
Tremper Longman III, "1 Sam 12:16-19: Divine Omnipotence Or Covenant Curse?" WTJ 45 (1983): 168-171.
J. Robert Vannoy, "Theology of 1 and 2 Samuel" in Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology (ed. W. A. Elwell), Baker, 1996.
________ "Kingship and Covenant in 1 and 2 Samuel" in Creator, Redeemer, Consummator: A Festschrift for Meredith G. Kline
____ (ed. H. Griffeth & J. R. Muether), Reformed Academic Press, 2000: 65-76.


Other Commentaries:

Arnold A. Anderson, 2 Samuel (Word), Word Books, 1989.
Bruce C. Birch, "1 & 2 Samuel" in The New Interpreter's Bible, vol. II, Abingdon, 1998: 949-965.
Walter Brueggemann, First and Second Samuel (Interpretation), Westminster John Knox, 1990.
Robert D. Bergen, 1 & 2 Samuel (New American Commentary), Broadman and Holman, 1996.
Dale Ralph Davis, 2 Samuel, Christian Focus Publications, 1999.
Mary J. Evans, 1 And 2 Samuel (New International Biblical Commentary: OT Series, 6), Hendrickson, 2000.
Hans Wilhelm Herzberg, I & II Samuel: A Commentary (OTL), Westminster John Knox, 1964.
David Jobling, 1 Samuel (Berit Olam), Liturgical, 1998.
Ralph W. Klein, 1 Samuel (Word), Word Books, 1983.
P. Kyle McCarter, I Samuel (Anchor, 8), Doubleday, 1980.
________ II Samuel (Anchor, 9), Doubleday, 1984.
Eugene H. Peterson, First and Second Samuel (Westminster Bible Companion), Westminster John Knox, 1999.
Gnana Robinson, Let Us Be Like the Nations: A Commentary on the Books of 1 and 2 Samuel (ITC), Eerdmans, 1993.
Henry P. Smith, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Books of Samuel (ICC), T & T Clark, 1987.

Other Monographs:

Robert Alter, The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel, W. W. Norton & Co., 2000.
Antony F. Campbell, The Ark Narrative, 1 Sam 4-6, 2 Sam 6: A Form-critical and Traditio-historical Study (SBL Dissertation, 16),
____ Scholars Press, 1975.
Charles Conroy, Absalom! Absalom! (Analecta Biblica, 81), Biblical Institute, 1978.
Lyle M. Eslinger, Kingship of God in Crisis: A Close Reading of 1 Samuel 1-12 (Bible and Literature Series, 10), Brill Acedemic,
____ 1985.
________ House of God or House of David: The Rhetoric of 2 Samuel 7 (JSOT Sup, 154), Sheffield Academic, 1994.
Everett Fox, Give Us a King: Samuel, Saul, and David, Shocken Books, 1999.
Robert P. Gordon, 1 and 2 Samuel (Old Testament Guides), JSOT Press, 1984.
D. M. Gunn, The Story of King David: Genre and Interpretation (JSOT Sup, 6), Sheffield Academic, 1978.
________ The Fate of King Saul: An Interpretation of a Biblical Story (JSOT Sup, 14), Sheffield Academic, 1980.
Patrick D. Miller Jr. and J. J. M. Roberts, The Hand of the Lord: A Reassessment of the "Ark Narrative" of 1 Samuel, Johns Hopkins, 1977.
Peter D. Miscall, 1 Samuel: A Literary Reading (Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature), Indiana University Press, 1986. [Adv, Main, Lit] **
R. Norman Whybray, The Succession Narrative: A Study of II Sam. 9-20 and I Kings 1 and 2 (Studies in Biblical Theology II, 9), SCM, 1968.

Other Articles:

Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle, "The Law of the Heart: The Death of a Fool (1 Samuel 25)," JBL 120 (2001): 401-427.
Sam Dragga, "In the Shadow of the Judges: The Failure of Saul," JSOT 38 (1987): 39-46.
Cynthia Edenburg, "How (Not) to Murder a King: Variations on a Theme in 1 Sam 24; 26," Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 12.1 (1998): 64-85.
Lyle Eslinger, "Viewpoints and Point of View in 1 Samuel 8-12," JSOT 26 (1983): 61-76.
Jan P. Fokkelman, "Iterative Forms of the Classical Hebrew Verb: Exploring the Triangle of Style, Syntax, and Text Grammar" in Studies in
____Hebrew and Aramaic Syntax: Presented to Professor J. Hoftijzer on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday (Studies in Semitic
____Languages and Linguistics, 17) ed. K. Jongeling, H. L. Murre-Van den Burg, and L. van Rompay, E. J. Brill, 1991: 38-55.
________ "Saul and David: Crossed Fates," Bible Review 5 (1989): 20-32.
________ "A Lie, Born of Truth, Too Weak to Contain it: A Structural Reading of 2 Sam 1:1-16" in Prophets, Worship, and Theodicy
____ (Oudtestamentische StudiŽn, 23) ed. John Barton, R. P. Carroll, J. P. Fokkelman, et al, E. J. Brill, 1984: 39-55.
Moshe Garsiel, "Word Plays, Puns, and Puns Upon Names as a Literary Rhetorical Device in the Book of Samuel" in Puns and Pundits:
____ Word Play in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Literature, ed. S. B. Noegel, CDL Press, 2000: 181-204.
Yehoshua Gitay, "Reflections on the Poetics of the Samuel Narrative: The Question of the Ark Narrative," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 54 (1992):
____ 221-230.
Robert P. Gordon, "Samuel: Theology of" in New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, vol. 1 (ed. W. A.
____Vangemeren), Zondervan, 1997: 1168-1177.
________ "David's Rise and Saul's Demise: Narrative Analogy in 1 Samuel 24-26," Tyndale Bulletin 31 (1980): 37-64.
David M. Gunn, "From Jerusalem to the Jordan and Back: Symmetry in 2 Samuel 15-20," Vetus Testamentum 30 (1980): 109-113.
David M. Howard, "The Transfer of Power from Saul to David in 1 Sam 16:13-14," JETS 32 (1989): 473-483.
W. Lee Humphreys, "The Tragedy of King Saul: A Study of the Structure of 1 Samuel 9-31," JSOT 6 (1978): 18-27.
Heinz Kruse, "David's Covenant," Vetus Testamentum 35 (1985): 139-146.
Dennis J. McCarthy, "II Samuel 7 and the Structure of the Deuteronomic History," JBL 84 (1965): 131-138.
________ "The Inauguration of Monarchy in Israel: A Form Critical Study of 1 Sam 8-12," Interpretation 27 (1973): 401-412.
John A. Martin, "Studies in 1 and 2 Samuel: The Structure of 1 and 2 Samuel," BSac 141 (1984): 28-42. (part one)
________ "Studies in 1 and 2 Samuel: The Theology of Samuel," BSac 141 (1984): 303-314. (part four)
George G. Nicol, "David, Abigail and Bathsheba, Nabal and Uriah: Transformations within a Triangle," Scandinavian Journal
____ of the Old Testament 12.1 (1998): 130-145.
Robert Polzin, "The Speaking Person and his Voice in 1 Samuel" in Congress Volume: Salamanca, 1983 (Supplements to Vetus
____ Testamentum, 36) ed. J. A, Emerton, E. J. Brill, 1985: 218-229.
________ "Curses and Kings: A Reading of 2 Samuel 15-16" in The New Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible (ed. D. J. A. Clines
____ and J. C. Exum), Sheffield Academic Press, 1993: 201-226.
A. D. Ritterspach, "Rhetorical Criticism and the Song of Hannah" in Rhetorical Criticism: Essays in Honor of James Muilenburg
____(Pittsburgh Theological Monograph Series, 1) ed. J. Jackson and K. Martin, Pickwick Press, 1974: 68-74.
Uriel Simon, "The Poor Man’s Ewe-Lamb: An Example of a Juridical Parable," Biblica 48 (1967): 207-242.
K. Smelik, "The Ark Narrative Reconsidered" in New Avenues in the Study of the Old Testament (Oudtestamentische StudiŽn, 25)
____ ed. A. S. van der Woude, E. J. Brill, 1989: .
David Toshio Tsumura, "The Poetic Nature of Hebrew Narrative Prose in 1 Sam 2:2-17" in Verse in Ancient Near Eastern Prose (Alter Orient und
____ Altes Testament, 43) ed. Johannes C. de Moor and Wilfred G. E. Watson, Neukirchener Verlag, 1993: 293-304.
________ "Coordination Interrupted, or Literary Insertion AX&B Pattern, in the Books of Samuel" in Literary Structure and Rhetorical Strategies
____ in the Hebrew Bible (ed. L. J. de Regt, J. de Waard, & J. P. Fokkelman), Eisenbrauns, 1996: 117-132.

Still More Articles:

Marc Z. Brettler, "The Compostion of 1 Samuel 1-2," JBL 116 (1997): 601-612.
Antony F. Campbell, "Structure Analysis and the Art of Exegesis (1 Samuel 16:14-18:30)" in Problems in Biblical Theology (ed. H. Sun, et al),
____ 1997: 76-103.
Timothy Frederick Simpson, "Paradigm Shift Happens: Intertextuality and a Reading of 2 Samuel 16:5-14" in Eastern Great Lakes
____ and Midwest Biblical Societies Proceedings, vol. 17 (ed. B. Fiore), 1997: 55-69.
Emanuel Tov, "Different Editions of the Song of Hannah and of its Narrative Framework" in Tehillah le-Moshe (ed. M. Cogan, et al), 1997: 149-170.

See also

Moshe Greenberg, Social Justice in Ancient Israel and in the Ancient Near East, Fortress, 1996. ****


Not Yet Reviewed:

Larry L. Lyke, King David with the Wise Woman of Tekoa: The Resonance of Tradition in Parabolic Narrative (JSOT Supplement, 255),
____ Sheffield Academic Press, 1997.