Stephen M. Vantassel
1 & 2 Samuel for Everyone
Westminster John Knox Press, 2011
In the sixth volume of his Old Testament for Everyone series, John Goldingay creates fresh perspectives on familiar stories with his original translation and commentary on the text. This commentary, in keeping with the rest of the series, is nontechnical and insightful.
Goldingay begins each section with a contemporary illustration or anecdote—closing the gap between ancient Israel and the present day. In some passages, he encourages us to reconsider the narrative by describing how the events affected the life of a secondary character. For example, instead of retelling the story of David’s affair with Bathsheba from David’s perspective, Goldingay describes how the prophet Nathan may have understood the situation.
Goldingay’s approach forces us to perceive biblical characters with empathy and allows us to explore the text with a new perspective.