The Typology of David’s Rise to Power: Messianic Patterns in the Book of Samuel – Jim Hamilton

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In Acts chapter three, Peter said to the crowd, “And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days.”

The nature and extent of typology has been the subject of much discussion, causing no small number of theologians to squint and grunt.  Some would urge that we shouldn’t try to draw out any new typological connections, but should rest wholly on that which has been revealed by the apostles.  Others would say that we can emulate (cautiously, no doubt) the hermeneutical method of the apostles and make other connections- connections not explicitly made in the NT.

Dr. Hamilton falls into the second camp. 

Now I have to say that I just finished listening to this lecture, so I haven’t had time to think too deeply about what I’ve heard.  That being said, I thought it was great.  I mean really great.  Whether one agrees or not, it will certainly make you think.  And if you’re going to be teaching through 1-2 Samuel anytime soon, it’s a must listen.  Or if you enjoy wrestling with the issue of typology, it’s a must listen.

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced

Must Listen Factor: Specialized.  This is meant for pastors, teachers and students.         

Note: The first time I downloaded the mp3, it only downloaded 6 minutes of it.  Try streaming the audio for a moment, stop it, and then go back and download it.  That fixed the problem for me. 

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