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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

2 Samuel - Introduction

AS STATED IN THE INTRODUCTION to 1 Samuel, the two books of Samuel are actually one work. For information about the background, literary form, text, and composition of 2 Samuel, see the introduction to 1 Samuel.

The reign of King David is the subject of 2 Samuel, which is composed of three parts. The first part ( 1.1–8.18 ) tells of David's rise to power, the second ( 8.19–20.26 ) of his sin and the ensuing troubles in his family, and the third (chs 21–24 ) is an appendix consisting of miscellaneous materials. Both the first and the second part end with a list of David's chief officials ( 8.16–18; 20.23–26 ).

David is highly successful in his career. He conquers Jerusalem, makes it his administrative and religious center, liberates Israel definitively from Philistine domination, and even creates an empire. In his personal life, however, he makes serious mistakes, and consequently has to undergo great sufferings.

[SHIMON BAR‐EFRAT]

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