Westminster Bible Companion: First and Second Kings
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Number of Pages: 212
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Westminster Bible Companion
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Old Testament scholar Terence Fretheim identifies the theology in the dramatic accounts of the books of Kings, which chronicles the reigns of more than forty kings over a period of nearly four hundred years. Interspersing theological reflections throughout, Fretheim trace's God's words of judgement and promise for Israel--and for us--accross the entirety of Kings.
Books in the Westminster Bible Companion series assist laity in their study of the Bible as a guide to Christian faith and practice. Each volume explains the biblical book in its original historical context and explores its significance for faithful living today. These books are ideal for individual study and for Bible study classes and groups.
NeilSafford, AZAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Willing to challenge long-ingrained assumptionsOctober 18, 2013NeilSafford, AZAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This commentary is amazing!
I have to say I was a bit reluctant to buy this book because it calls itself a "Bible Companion." As in, What's that?
But it is indeed a commentary.
Fretheim notices lessons in the text that are often avoided by the usual line-up of commentators who either say nothing about them or make some passing comment. There are some difficult passages in the book of Kings; and Fretheim doesn't practice the Passover on those passages. He engages them.
The problem for most commentators is that the lessons to be learned quite often are out of alignment with standard evangelicalism.
Fretheim notices that the writers of the book of Kings believed God to be an actor in history - not a controller of history (the position taken by a typical commentator).
It was refreshing and eye-opening to read a commentator on the book of Kings who was not constantly telling me "God is in control of history." That's not the message of the book of Kings but evangelical commentators seem to think it is.
Terence Fretheim is an Open Theist. If you want to put ear-plugs in your ears with respect to Scriptures that challenge your comfortable theology you should check out one of the usual line-up. If you are willing to have your assumptions challenged and if you want to know what the Biblical writers were communicating, I highly recommend this volume.
The book is paper-back and won't tolerate much use. I plan to cut off the spine and put it in a spiral binding.