"I Samuel" is Volume 8 in the Anchor Bible series of new, book-by book translations of the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha. In his series debut, P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., has written a volume of interest and value to both the scholar and the general reader.
McCarter's treatment of "I Samuel" consists of:
"Introduction": review of the literary problems and historical circumstances surrounding the writing of the book.
"Translation": fresh and authoratative, this new translation of "I Samuel" fully utilizes for the first time ancient manuscript fragments found at Qumran.
"Textual Notes": for the scholar, technical information on the texts used in the translation.
"Notes": for the untrained reader, descriptions of people, places, customs, and unusual features of the language.
"Commentary": an explanatory summary of each passage of translation.
"Maps": illustrating the book's dramatic events.
"From the Hardcover edition."