1 & 2 Kings - eBook
1 & 2 Kings - eBook  -     By: Lissa Wray Beal
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780830896226
ISBN-13: 9780830896226
Series: Apollos Old Testament Commentary

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  • Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (Old Testament Commentaries)
The books of 1 and 2 Kings cover the history of Israel from the last days of the united kingdom under David to the eventual fall of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Within these books, the deuteronomic code—"doing what is right in the Lord's sight"—provides a framework by which monarchic history is measured. In the kings’ cultic failures lies the apostasy of the nation and its eventual exile. This apostasy centres on Israel’s commitment to worship YHWH exclusively, and to worship according to deuteronomistic norms within the Jerusalem temple as the locus of YHWH’s covenant presence. To safeguard the kings' commitments, YHWH’s prophets loom large in 1 and 2 Kings: they herald YHWH’s purposes, warn of his judgment for apostasy and woo his people back to the full experience of covenant life. Lissa M. Wray Beal's valuable commentary examines the successes and failures of monarchy in the divided kingdoms. It works with the final form of the biblical text and pursues historiographical, narrative and theological questions, including the relation of each chapter's themes to biblical theology. While it focuses on theological and narrative concerns, the commentary gives due attention to complex historical issues. It seeks to provide a nuanced reading that is faithful to the text's message.

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"Those familiar with technical commentaries will appreciate Beal's volume. Those who are unfamiliar with Hebrew will find this resource a valuable starting point for studying 1-2 Kings."

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  1. The Geeky Calvinist
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Well Researched Commentary
    June 16, 2017
    The Geeky Calvinist
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    1 and 2 Kings is an Old Testament commentary, written by Lissa Wray Beal published by IVP Academic. This commentary is a recent edition of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series with editors David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume not only continues this legacy, but propels it to new heights. This volume is one of the most articulate and practical commentaries on two historical books of Holy Scripture which outside of a few passages gets unfortunately glossed over. Beal is a highly regarded scholar this is her first foray into this relatively new commentary series.

    1 and 2 Kings has three main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by two insightful exegetical commentaries on the historical books of 1 and 2 Kings. With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of these books and how they relate to the Bible as a whole. This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different mythological approaches to study these books. More specific introductions are found alongside the commentary of each book. In reference to the commentary sections on the text, Beal takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. He also uses his own translation of the Hebrew text, which demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the text itself. I wish that there was more application to some of the more difficult passages in the books of the kings of Israel and Judea.

    While I disagree with Beal on a number of issues with regard to Old Testament interpretation, I have a more conservative approach to some of the interruption and application of her insights, yet her scholarly work on this historical book is very well researched and written, and a very good read. In the vein of recommending, 1 and 2 Kings, to others I would recommend this commentary to pastors and scholars, yet I would highly recommend pastors, such as myself, to pair this scholarly commentary with one that is one that has more of a pastoral tone. There are many commentaries about 1 and 2 Kings available at this moment but 1 and 2 Kings of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series is a very scholarly works worthy of your time.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

    1 and 2 Kings: Apollos Old Testament Commentary

    2014 by Lissa Wray Beal

    Publisher: IVP Academic

    Page Count: 615 Pages

    ISBN: 978-0830825097
  2. Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
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    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome Commentary
    February 25, 2015
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Do you need a quality exegetical commentary on an area of Scripture that is, comparatively, poorly served? You might, then, want to check out this newest title in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series. Though this is my first title from the series, this volume on Kings by Lissa Wray Beal shows this series one to consider. On a technical level, it has some comparison to the World Biblical Commentary series in my view.

    The commentary was actually more conservative than I expected. There wasnt endless discussions about sources. The commentary focused on the text we have. The introduction was enlightening in many ways. I personally could not agree with the authors chronological conclusions. Thiele is a truer guide in that area in my judgment.

    Since I have especially studied the lives of Elijah and Elisha, I really focused on that area in this volume. The comments were helpful and at times spiritually insightful. The exegetical judgments were reasonable and the conclusions often sound. Of course there are points where I would disagree. For example, I dont see the evidence in stating that the account of Elisha is compiled from all over his ministry and put in II Kings 4 rather than being true chronologically.

    Pastors will find the Comments section superior to the Form and Structure one. Every verse is discussed, which is essential in a good exegetical commentary. As a pastor myself, if forced to have only two exegetical commentaries on Kings, I would choose the NAC volume by Paul House and this fine commentary. This commentary is worthy of your consideration.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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