1 and 2 Kings

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Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical ...

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1 and 2 Kings (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series)

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Overview

Expert help for understanding the Bible

Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.

In contrast to literary and historical skepticism about the accounts of Israel and Judah in the divided kingdom, Provan examines 1 and 2 Kings as a unified and historical narrative. He helps the reader see not only that these books teach not only facts about the kings and prophets but also that they're designed to teach about God and his ways.

Iain W. Provan is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College. He is also an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland.

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Steven L. McKenzie
...[T]his is one of the best commentaries available within an expressly confessional series. Provan makes a number of useful and original observations about literary themes and devices within the Kings narrative....Provan has provided a commentary that will be quite useful and beneficial to the audience for which the series is intended....[T]his volume is worth checking for its literary observations... —Society of Biblical Literature
Steven L. McKenzie
...[T]his is one of the best commentaries available within an expressly confessional series. Provan makes a number of useful and original observations about literary themes and devices within the Kings narrative....Provan has provided a commentary that will be quite useful and beneficial to the audience for which the series is intended....[T]his volume is worth checking for its literary observations...
Society of Biblical Literature
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Meet the Author

Iain W. Provan is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College. He is also an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Abbreviations 9
Select List of Commentaries 10
1 Introduction 13
2 The Book of Kings as Narrative Literature 27
3 The Book of Kings as Historiographical Literature 45
4 The Book of Kings and the Religion of Israel 68
5 The Book of Kings as Didactic Literature 83
6 The Book of Kings and the Bible 99
Index of References 119
Index of Authors 124
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