In this commentary, Dr. DeVrie gives a thorough overview of the world of 1 Kings: its geography, culture, politics and the religious situation. He then discusses the sacred history as theological testimony and responsible consideration of 1 Kings as a literary composition. This second edition offers the most up-to-date scholarly research into 1 Kings and its significance for today, incorporates a new, expanded bibliography to show what others have written on the book over the past 18 years, shows how the religion of the Hebrew people took shape during their early years as a kingdom, and offers an updated and expanded bibliography.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 376 Vendor: Thomas Nelson Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
First Kings is not so much a book of history as a book of religion, says Dr. Simon J. DeVries. Through the historic events it relates, the religion of the Hebrew people was being shaped.
Dr. DeVriess thorough overview of the world of 1 Kingsits geography, its culture, its politics, and the religious situationbrings the biblical record alive in its time and place. Upon this foundation is superimposed a comprehensive, lucid discussion of sacred history as theological testimony, and responsible consideration of 1 Kings as literary composition.
In this commentary, Dr. DeVries provides keen insight into the intricacies of both the events and the textual difficulties of 1 Kings:
The throne succession from David to Solomon
Solomons reignhis influence and his failings
The building of the Jerusalem temple and its significance
The division of the United Kingdom
The puzzling chronology of the Hebrew kings
The problem of heathen shrines and cult objects
The role of the prophets in Elijahs time.
For this second edition, he has updated and expanded the bibliography.
Prophecy, a burgeoning new religious impulse of the period of 1 Kings, receives special emphasis as a particularly rich source of profound theological truth communicated in the effective linguistic forms of prophet-narratives.
Whether appearing as historiography or as pious story, the contents of 1 Kings offer themselves as testimonies to the ways of God with men, Dr. DeVries notes. The scene is history; the players are kings and prophets; behind the curtain is the Lord of history, challenging his players to make history the scene of salvific revelation.
Simon John DeVries is professor emeritus of Old Testament at The Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. He has the A.B. from Calvin College, the Th.B. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and the S.T.M. and Th.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York.