1 Samuel: Looking for a Leader
1 Samuel: Looking for a Leader

1 Samuel: Looking for a Leader

in Preaching the Word

by John Woodhouse

4.56 Rank Score: 5.04 from 5 reviews, 2 featured collections, and 5 user libraries
Pages 672 pages
Publisher Crossway
Published 11/30/2014
ISBN-13 9781433548840
The Old Testament book of 1 Samuel records the story of three important leaders in Israel’s history: Samuel, Saul, and David. The lives of these flawed men showcase God’s gracious response to ancient Israel’s leadership crisis, offering valuable lessons related to why leaders fail, the impact this failure can have on God's people, and what it means to model godly leadership—even today.

In this accessible commentary, John Woodhouse shows how 1 Samuel reveals the importance of true leadership and the character of the godly leader. More significantly, this volume points forward to Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of God’s promises to his people and the only perfect leader the world has ever known.

Those who preach and teach God's Word will find this an invaluable resource as they seek to help others embrace 1 Samuel's timely message.


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Solid expositional commentaries from a known scholar and preacher. Highly recommended. [Full Review]
John Philip John Philip April 8, 2022
Enjoying it very much for devotional times. Far better than Bergen.
For a bracing example of christological interpretation, see the two Crossway volumes by John Woodhouse, 1 Samuel: Looking for a Leader (2014) and 2 Samuel: Your Kingdom Come (2015). This type of Christian interpretation has become provocative due to its rarity in modern academic circles, although it remains traditional in the church. Woodhouse is the former principal of Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. [Full Review]
Daniel Saunders Daniel Saunders September 10, 2013
A great preaching commentary. It reads as if based on a series of sermons (which I understand Woodhouse preached to the students of Moore Theological College whilst he was principal). Though dips into the hebrew to aid more serious exegesis. At times the leadership theme is frustrating, especially when you're looking for inspiration in preaching. However, it was an invaluable aid when I was preaching through this book. Bring on the second volume!
J L Smith J L Smith August 17, 2011
A decent commentary! Woodhouse is clear and concise and writes from a Sydney Anglican standpoint. Not as thorough as Tsumura but pretty much rivals Bergen.