Logos Mobile Ed has just released the courses I taped on 1, 2 Samuel and 1, 2 Kings. If you’re interested in these two courses, here is the link. (To watch one of the previews, click on that link.)
Logos Mobile Ed has created a curriculum of courses on the Bible, Apologetics, Counseling, Theology, Preaching, Ethics, etc, from many famous scholars and teachers (and a few less famous ones like me). Check out the list here.
Each of my courses is 8 hours long, consisting of numerous 3-10 minute video segments. Yes, that’s a lot of segments to add up to 8 hours.
In 1, 2 Samuel I talk through the story of Eli and his evil sons, Samuel and his evil sons, and David and his evil sons. Samuel contains some of our favorite stories from the Bible: David and Goliath (did David or Elhanan kill the giant?), Saul and the donkeys, David and Abigail (yet another wise woman), as well as some tragic stories from David’s family involving his children, the rape of Tamar by Amnon and the rebellions of Absalom and Adonijah (the latter is actually in 1 Kings 1).
In 1, 2 Kings, I discuss the rise and fall of Solomon, the many evil rulers of of Israel and Judah, the miracles and trash-talking of Elijah and Elisha, the reign of righteous Jehu and his evil heirs, the reforms of Hezekiah and Josiah, Hezekiah’s God-changing prayer (I’ll be presenting a paper on Hezekiah’s prayer in Nov), and finally the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple. I’m working on a commentary on 1, 2 Kings right now for Zondervan.
To understand these stories we need to look at them in light of the ancient Near Eastern context and see how they connect to the greater story of Scripture. We talk about how to understand the various genres of these books. While most of Samuel and Kings (they were each originally one book) is historical narrative, they also include poems, songs, regnal formulas, genealogies, prophetic miracle stories.
Hope you can check it out.