2 Kings: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary [AYBC]
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The book of II Kings was written with a dual purpose. It provided a chronological history of the divided kingdoms of Israel, from the time of division, through the destruction of the city of Jerusalem, and the final exile of the Jews into Babylonia. It also served as a reminder to all Israelite monarchs that their loyalty to the God of Israel, as worshipped in Jerusalem, determined the course of history. In his telling of the story, the book's author emphasized to his contemporaries and future generations that in order to avert the calamities that befell the Chosen People, they would have to avoid a repetition of the misdeeds of the past. If they remained loyal to their God, their God would remain loyal to them.
II Kings presents an important and illuminating new translation which explores a tumultuous epoch of change that forever affected theological and world history, and includes black and white maps, charts, photographs, and extra-biblical documentation.
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