Weighty words
November 9 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Weighty words | Friday, Nov 9, 2001

Friday, Nov 9, 2001

Weighty words

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor My book arrived today, and I was glad to see it. The book in question is a biblical commentary on 1 & 2 Samuel.

I started work on it in 1994 and finished the first draft in 1998 (now you know why our 5 year old is named Samuel). Editorial processes and publishing realities being what they are, it took until now to see the light of day.

Writing the book, of course, involved a close study of the biblical text and a careful reflection of how it speaks to our contemporary world.

The text covers a crucial period in Israel's history. It begins with a faithful and prayerful woman named Hannah, whose son Samuel became a prophet, priest and maker of kings. It tells of Saul, Israel's first king, the tall lad who took the crown reluctantly but then found himself consumed by a desire to keep it. There are stories of palace intrigue and internal revolt, romance and rape, hope and loss, and hope again.

Towering above all the other figures is David, a man after God's heart, but with a dark spot on his soul. Many other parts of the Old and New Testaments hark back to these books of Samuel, as they speak of fulfilled prophecies and a messianic Son of David.

Writing the book was a spiritually enriching experience, and a blessing to me if no one else.

I hope others will find it to be helpful in their own study of scripture. Early readers have said nice things about it, and for that I'm grateful. The book is nicely printed, well-presented, and even includes a CD-ROM containing the full text and some flashy features.

One thing is sure: at 747 pages and six pounds, its words carry some real weight.

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