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The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
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Publication Date: 2010
Series: NIV Application Commentary
Readers of 1 and 2 Kings commonly approach these books as a straightforward chronology of post-Davidic Israel: the inauguration of Solomons reign, the division of the kingdom following his death, and Israels and Judahs ensuing kings, conflicts, captivities, and overarching spiritual decline. In reality, however, the books of the Kings fall into the collection known as the Former Prophets, and their true story and underlying theme center on such striking personalities as Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, and other divinely appointed spokesmen. It is Gods interaction with his people by way of his prophets and their kingshis pleadings, his warnings, and the fulfillment of his wordsthat comes across again and again with forcefulness and clarity. God speaks; now will his people hear, believe, and respond? The question is as relevant for us today as it was for the ancient Israelites. Bridging the centuries, August Konkel connects past context to contemporary circumstances, helping us grasp the meaning and signifance of 1 and 2 Kings and take to heart their message for us today. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but dont discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuablebut the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
The NIV Application Commentary Series doesn't fool around: it gets right down to business, brining this ancient and powerful word of God into the present so that it can be heard and believed with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend's embrace.
The NIV Application Commentary Series helps pastors and Bible teachers with one the most neglected elements in good preaching--accurate, useful application. Most commentaries tell you a few things that are helpful and much that you do not need to know. By dealing with the original meaning and contemporary significance of each passage, the NIV Application Commentary Series promises to be helpful all the way around.
James Montgomery Boice
Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible's timeless message speak to this generation.
Here, at last, is a commentary that makes the proper circuit from the biblical world to main street. The NIV Application Commentary is magnificent gift to the church.
College Church, Wheaton, IL
Here at last is a commentary which is not only academically well informed but which helps the contemporary reader hear God's word and consider its implications; scholarship in the service of the church.
If you want to avoid hanging applicational elephants from interpretive threads, then the NIV Application Commentary Series is for you. This series excels at both original meaning and contemporary significance. I support it one hundred percent.
Howard J. Hendricks,
Dallas Theological Seminary
This is the pulpit for the 21st Century
George K. Brushaber,
President, Bethel College & Seminary
It takes more than interpretation of God's word to change lives, it takes application. Application is the bottom line in teaching and preaching. Without it, we've missed the point of the Bible. The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing "doers of the word".
The NIV Application Commentary Series shares the same goal that has been the passion of my own ministry--communicating God's word to a contemporary audience so that they feel the full impact of its message.
Willow Creek Community Church
This series dares to go where few scholars have gone before--into the real life world of biblical application faced by pastors and teachers everyday. This is everything a good commentary series should be.
Pastor, Wooddale Church
Some commentaries build walls that isolate you back in the ancient world. The NIV Application Commentary builds bridges that make the Bible come alive with meaning for contemporary life--and the series do so concisely, clearly, and accurately. No wasted words or academic detours--just solid help and practical truth.
Warren W. Weirsbe
The Geeky Calvinist4 Stars Out Of 5A Good ResourceApril 21, 2018The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 41 and 2 Kings, written by August H. Konkel and published by Zondervan, is one of the well written modern commentaries on these books of the Bible. 1 and 2 Kings is a more recent volume of the NIV Application Commentary Series, a series which is synonymous with superior scholarship and excellent exegesis, and this volume continues this legacy. Konkel is no stranger to studious commentaries series on scripture yet this is his first foray into the NIV Application Commentary series.
1 and 2 Kings begins with the typical study into the introductory matters of these books of the Bible, yet while introductions are common; this introduction is atypical of most commentaries. It is not that this work doesnt dive too much history and recent scholarship, which 1 and 2 Kings does a phenomenal job of, rather, it is the thoroughness that Konkel takes with these introductory matters which makes this commentary atypical. In a day where these matters are either glossed over to get to the exegesis of the text or are so cumbersome that they become useless, Konkel has found a good balance in being thorough, communicating depth and attention to recent scholarship, all without losing the forest in the trees.
In reference to the commentary on the text of these historical books, Konkel takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while sprinkling practical application to the reader throughout the textual commentary. With regard of recommending 1 and 2 Kings, to others I would wholeheartedly recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Scholars, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and Seminary Students, there is enough scholarly weight to this text to understand a particularly issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. There are many commentaries about the books of 1 and 2 Kings available at this moment but 1 and 2 Kings of the NIV Application Commentary is a step above the herd.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Mary Cross5 Stars Out Of 5December 3, 2009Mary CrossI have looked thru this commentary and think it will be helpful to me for use with my Bible Study I will be leading next year for my Ladies Circle. Thank for asking.
Steve Markoya5 Stars Out Of 5October 3, 2009Steve MarkoyaMr.Konkel does a great work drawing the reader in and making Israels dark times very relative to our world today.He shows the ability to expound in depth on the life of Israel and educate Christians on their moral obligations through discernment taught in scriptures.This was a book on Kings I very much reccommend.
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