1 Kings: The Everlasting Covenant: Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry

1 Kings: The Everlasting Covenant: Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry

by Jerome T. Walsh
     
 

The narratives of Solomon and Jeroboam, of Elijah and Ahab, have fascinated readers for millennia. Even apart from questions of historical authenticity, they are gripping stories of richly drawn characters caught up in the complex tale of God's dealings with Israel. This study explores the narrative world created by 1 Kings' ancient Israelite author: the people

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Overview

The narratives of Solomon and Jeroboam, of Elijah and Ahab, have fascinated readers for millennia. Even apart from questions of historical authenticity, they are gripping stories of richly drawn characters caught up in the complex tale of God's dealings with Israel. This study explores the narrative world created by 1 Kings' ancient Israelite author: the people who inhabit it, the lives they live, the deeds they do, and the face of God who is revealed in their stories.

An introduction explains the significance of 1 Kings as a historical narrative. Originally intended as a literal history, after centuries of writing and rewriting it is now as much a literary work as a historical one: The views of those who formed it can be discerned and studied. Walsh also explains how the rich traditions of Hebrew prose narrative and the Hebrew language itself affect our reading of 1 Kings.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

. . . thorough and even exciting. The scholarship and the research are impressive.
The Priest

. . . a good beginning for a series that promises to treat the entire Hebrew Bible from a narrative-critical perspective.
America

These new commentaries should be very helpful for both translation officers and translators. Walsh pays close attention to the structure of the text but also comments on individual words and phrases, especially when showing connections between different verses in the Hebrew text which may not be clear in most translations. . . . There is no other series - in English at least - which gives such careful attention to literary critical matters in reading the text.
The Bible Translator

Moving away from dry exposition, [Walsh] displays the storyteller's flair and thus draws the reader into the intricate interplay of events and characters. In so doing, he releases the narrative's power to work on its reader.
Ashland Theological Journal

Richard D. Nelson
The book is "user friendly" in the sense that it begins with a primer on narrative criticism that sets forth basic terminology and methodology. In the body of the commentaryarguments grounded on the grammar and structure of the Hebrew text are usually explained clearly in non-technical style. The selected bibliography should prove useful to the volume's general audience....a well-crafted and highly serviceable commentary. —Society of Biblical Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814650448
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Series:
Berit Olam
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Jerome T. Walsh, PhD, is a professor of theology and religious studies at the University of Botswana. He is the author of 1 Kings in the Berit Olam (The Everlasting Covenant) Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry series for which he is also an associate editor.

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