Commentary on the First Book of Samuel by Frank Marshall

Hannah presenting Samuel to Eli, by Jan Victors, 1645.
Hannah presenting Samuel to Eli, by Jan Victors, 1645. Source: Wikipedia.

This is Frank Marshall’s Commentary on 1 Samuel – part of a series written for Schools and Colleges. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

Frank Marshall [1848-1906], The First Book of Samuel, 17th edn., 1932. London: George Gill & Sons, Ltd., 1894. Hbk. pp.136. [Click to visit the download page

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to the First Book of Samuel
    • The Title
    • The Author
    • The Design of the Writer
    • Date
    • Scope of the First Book of Samuel
    • Sources of the Narrative
    • The Ark
    • The God of the Heathen
    • Prophets and Prophesying
    • Sacrifices
    • Historical Summary
      • The Days of Eli
      • The Family of Eli
      • The Days of Samuel
      • The Days of Saul
      • The Family of Saul
      • The Days of David
        • His Character and Personal Qualitiies
        • His Early Life
        • His Life at Court
        • David in Exile
        • The Family of Jesse
    • Geographical Notes Biographical Note
      • The Land
      • Nations and Tribes
      • Geographical Notes
      • Biographical Notes
    • Analysis of the First Book of Samuel
  • The First Book of Samuel, Marginal and Footnotes
  • Comments on the Revised Version
  • Words. and Phrases Explained
  • Passages Illustrative of First Book of Samuel
  • Appendix

Preface

The First Book of Samuel is one of a series of manuals on the books of the Old· Testament, which are primarily intended for the use of Students preparing for the Local Examinations of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

The Introduction treats fully of the several subjects with which the Student should be acquainted, comprising full Geographical and Biographical Notes, and other important details, which are clearly set forth in the Table of Contents. The special features in the narrative are fully commented upon.

The chief alterations of the Revised Version are pointed out in footnotes, the Student being referred to the Revised Version. In the Appendix will be found (1) a Commentary upon the most important differences between the Authorised and Revised Versions, the alterations being pointed out and explanations given of the reasons for the changes; (2) an Explanation of words and phrases, thus avoiding constant reference to the text and notes…

Commentary on the Books of Samuel by C.F. Keil

Carl Friedrich Keil
Carl Friedrich Keil. Image source: Wikipedia.

Carl Friedrich Keil and Franz Delitzsch were 19th Century German Lutheran theologians. Their commentaries are conservative and express their conviction of the divine authority and inspiration of the whole Old Testament. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this book available for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Carl Friedrich Keil [1807-1888], Biblical Commentary on the Books of Samuel. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, [1866]. Hbk. pp.512. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

Introduction

  • Title, Contents, Character, and Origin of the Books of Samuel

Commentary

 

Samuel and His Age by George C.M. Douglas

George Cunningham Monteath Douglas [1826-1904], Samuel and His Age. A Study in the Constitutional History of Israel. This is a detailed study of the life and times of the prophet Samuel. I picked this copy up at Book Aid whilst assisting with the reorganisation of the bookshop and noticed that it had previously been part of Professor Donald J. Wiseman’s library. This title is in the public domain.

George Cunningham Monteath Douglas [1826-1904], Samuel and His Age. A Study in the Constitutional History of Israel. Edinburgh: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1901. Hbk. pp.276. [CLick to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Historical Position of Samuel Vindicated
  2. Relation of Samuel and David to Moses and Joshua
  3. The Childhood and Youth of Samuel
  4. The Prophetic Office of Samuel
  5. The Priestly Work of Samuel
  6. Samuel as Judge
  7. Samuel hands over his Office as Judge to a King
  8. How Saul was There Times made King by Samuel
  9. The Completeness of this quiet Revolution by Samuel
  10. Literary Relationship of 1 Samuel to the earlier Books
  11. Recapitulation
  • Appendix
  • Index

Preface

There are certain conspicuous personalities in the history of the Kingdom of God in the Old Testament, men whose lives form epochs in the opening up of His ways to His people. Moses is immeasurably the grandest of these. Probably the next to him is Samuel ; and just as we understand Samuel, his character, his position, his offices, and his work, or fail to understand him, we shall succeed in understanding, or shall fail to understand, very much of Jehovah’s dealings with Israel. There is one very marked resemblance between Moses and Samuel-both exercised the three great functions in the Hebrew Commonwealth, those of prophet, priest, and supreme ruler, combining in their own persons three offices which in ordinary circumstances were jealously kept separate.

It is matter of deep and unfeigned regret to me that the scholars who form what is commonly known as the Critical School….