Please see 1 Samuel, an introduction and outline for a discussion of 2 Samuel’s composition and themes.

An Outline of 2 Samuel, from Birch and Gunn:

A. David’s Kingdom Established 1:1-8:18

I. 2 Samuel 1:1-5:10 David Becomes King

1:1-27 The News of Saul’s Death

2:1-5:5 The Gift of the Kingdom

II. 2 Samuel 5:6-8:18 David Consolidates His Kingdom

B. 2 Samuel 9:1-20:26 David’s Family and David’s Throne

9:1-13 Mephibosheth, Son of Jonathan

10:1-12:31 War, Adultery, and Murder

13:1-14:33 Rape, Murder, and Exile

15:1-16:14 Rebellion and Exile

16:15-17:23 Debate, Message and Escape

17:24-19:8 Battle, Message, and Mourning

19:9-20:3 David’s Return

20:4-26 The Aftermath of Restoration

C. 2 Samuel 21:1-24:25 A Finale of David Traditions



Read More About It:

Here are several good sources to aid your reading of 2 Samuel

Anderson, Bernhard W., Katheryn Pfister Darr, Understanding the Old Testament Abridged fourth Edition. (Upper Saddle River,New Jersey: Prentice Hall) 1998.

Birch, Bruce C., “The First and Second Books of Samuel, in  The New Interpreter’s Bible, Volume 2 Keck, Leander E., ed. (Nashville”Abingdon Press) 1994.

Gunn, David M. “2 Samuel” in  HarperCollins Bible Commentary Mays, James L. ed.(San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco) 2000.

McKenzie, Steven L, “2 Samuel”  in The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Aporcryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, Fully Revised 4 th Edition,  Michael Cougan, ed. (New York:Oxford University Press) 2010.

Stinespring, William F. and Burke O. Long “2 Samuel” in The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books Metzger, Bruce M., Roland E. Murphy, eds.(New York: Oxford University Press) 1994.