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ISBN: 9781783685172
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 16
Publication Date: 31/10/2018
Pages: 302
Series: Asia Bible Commentary Series
Language: English

1 Samuel

A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary


1 Samuel is full of riveting narratives related to the beginning of dynastic monarchy in ancient Israel. These narratives provide not only the spiritual wisdom about our relationship with the Lord, but also insights into the outworking of political power. Throughout this commentary, Dr Koowon Kim introduces the reader to relevant aspects of the Chinese historical novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which has been so influential in forming the worldview of people in much of East Asia since the fourteenth century. Both theologically and historically informed, this commentary will help those from cultures heavily influenced by the story to understand the biblical narrative of 1 Samuel, as well as inform those interested in East Asian culture of commonly held beliefs regarding what constitutes a good ruler.

The Asia Bible Commentary series empowers Christian believers in Asia to read the Bible from within their respective contexts. Holistic in its approach to the text, each exposition of the biblical books combines exegesis and application. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the Body of Christ in Asia by providing pastoral and contextual exposition of every book of the Bible.

Author Bios

Koowon Kim

KOOWON KIM holds a PhD in Old Testament and the Ancient Near East from the University of Chicago, Illinois, USA, and a MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He has been training pastors at Reformed Graduate University, Seoul, South Korea, since 2008. He has previously authored or co-authored theological monographs with Brill and SBL Press and contributed to various reference works published by Baker Books, InterVarsity Press and Lexham Press.


Dr Koowon Kim’s exposition of 1 Samuel is the best type of commentary by a gifted interpreter. He not only provides a clear and profound explanation of the meaning of the biblical book in its ancient context, he also shows its continuing relevance for today’s church.

Tremper Longman III, PhD
Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies,
Westmont College

A wonderfully clear, concise, theologically sensitive, and historically informed resource for pastors and students of Scripture. It is brimming with insightful and refreshing practical engagement with contemporary Asian contexts. A fine work! A joy to read!

Peter Enns, PhD
Old Testament Professor,
Eastern University

Koowon Kim has written an excellent commentary on 1 Samuel for readers in the Asian context. I hope this commentary will be used by many scholars in Asia and the rest of the world.

David T. Tsumura, PhD
Old Testament Professor,
Japan Bible Seminary

Table of Contents

  1. Commentary
    1. Series Preface
    2. Author’s Preface
    3. List of Abbreviations
    4. Introduction
    5. Commentary on 1 Samuel
    6. Selected Bibliography
  2. Topics
    1. Hannah’s Unyielding Faith and Its Implication to Us
    2. Desiring God
    3. How Many Models of Rats?
    4. Did Samuel Fail in Child Education?
    5. The Luck of the Sea and the Luck of the Mountains in Kojiki
    6. Talking on the Roof?
    7. God’s Eup-Cham-Ma-Sok
    8. The Eternal Enemy of Israel, the Amalekites
    9. Armor-Bearers
    10. David as the Second Moses
    11. Archery, an Arrow Boy, and a Target
    12. Abiathar and Han Xin
    13. Chu Shi Biao
    14. Abigail, David’s “Wife Who Ate Chaff and Grain Husk”
    15. Everything in the World Is Like “An Old Man’s Horse”