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The Kings and Their Gods: The Pathology of Power

The Kings and Their Gods: The Pathology of Power

by Daniel Berrigan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802860435

ISBN-13: 9780802860439

Pub. Date: 05/15/2008

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


The scenario that confronts us in the biblical text of 1 and 2 Kings is a turbulent one. Daniel Berrigan minces no words in his assessment of that biblical era. Prophets, kings, and the gods they worship -- all are found wanting.

Berrigan examines the complex terrain of these two biblical books, opening our eyes to the deep flaws of their oft-praised characters.

Overview


The scenario that confronts us in the biblical text of 1 and 2 Kings is a turbulent one. Daniel Berrigan minces no words in his assessment of that biblical era. Prophets, kings, and the gods they worship -- all are found wanting.

Berrigan examines the complex terrain of these two biblical books, opening our eyes to the deep flaws of their oft-praised characters. He shows that this dark time in biblical history is in many ways repeating itself today. The wars of these kings, Berrigan says, are our wars now, and we are fashioning our own gods to approve our misdeeds. These two books of Scripture come to vivid -- and sometimes terrifying -- life when we recognize these undeniable similarities.

The Kings and Their Gods reveals Berrigan in stunning form. Here this modern-day prophet distills the wisdom gained from his long learning and his remarkable life experiences. The book is both a masterful biblical commentary and a clarion call to action. It balances polemics and poetry, despair and joy. It is truly a midrash for our troubled times -- both an indictment of the horror that is and an invitation to the great goodness that may be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802860439
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
413,516
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
First Book of Kings     11
Who Shall Inherit the Grand Years of David? (Chs. 1-4)     13
Solomon Enthroned (Ch. 1)     13
"Blood Will Have Blood" (2:1-11)     15
"The Wisdom of Solomon" (2:12-46)     21
Dreams and Shadows of Dreams (Ch. 3)     24
The Apotheosis of Empire (Ch. 4)     29
Stone upon Stone, the King Constructs Immortality (Chs. 5-9)     32
The "Great Pyramid" of Solomon (Ch. 5)     32
The House of the Lord? (Ch. 6)     36
A Palace Fit for a King? (Ch. 7)     39
The Temple Dedicated: Folly, Fiction, Obsession (Ch. 8)     40
The Tyrant and the Convenient Deity (Ch. 9)     57
From Solomon to Jeroboam: Kings Run Amok (Chs. 10-13)     60
The King and the Queen: Wisdom Compounded, Unconfounded (10:1-13)     60
The Great King: Possessed by Possessions (10:14-29)     70
Shadows over the Empire (11:1-8)     71
Enemies and Traitors: The Decline and Fall (11:9-43)     73
The Seamless Cloak, Torn (Ch. 12)     75
No Strange Gods before Me (Ch. 13)     80
Of Kings and Their Gods: A Tale of Woe (Chs. 14-22)     87
Jeroboam and Rehoboam: Undone by Idols (Ch. 14)     87
A Line of Nonentities (Chs. 15-16)     91
At Long Last, Relief: Elijah the Plainspoken (Chs. 17-18)     93
Elijah and Elisha: God's Chosen Chooses (Ch. 19)     101
King Ahab and the Deity (Chs. 20-21)     104
War, and Yet Again War (Ch. 22)     108
Second Book of Kings     119
Of Kings and Prophets: Light and Darkness Contending (1:1-6:23)     121
Ahaziah: Another King Falls (Ch. 1)     121
"My Father, My Father, the Chariot of Israel and Its Driver!" (Ch. 2)     123
Elisha: A Prophet to Love and to Loathe (Chs. 3-4)     132
A Virtuous Duet and a Dubious Spirit (Ch. 5)     139
A Gift of Unexpected Mercy (6:1-23)     144
Famine and Fury: War and Its Shadows (6:24-17:41)     147
The Horrid Banquet of War (Ch. 6)     147
A Moment's Relief: The Siege Lifted (Ch. 7)     154
Something Terrible beyond Telling (Ch. 8)     158
The Blood of Kings - and Queens (Chs. 9-11)     160
A King's Greed, a Prophet's Epitaph (Chs. 12-13)     164
The Spoils of War, Continued (Chs. 14, 15, 16)     167
Exile: The Final Tragedy (Ch. 17)     167
Dawn at Last: Isaiah and the Last Days of Empire (Chs. 18-25)      173
Hezekiah: King of Contradiction (Ch. 18)     174
Isaiah: Prophet of Hope against Hope (Ch. 19)     178
A Puzzle of Praise for a Foolish King (Ch. 20)     189
Innocent Blood on Royal Hands (Ch. 21)     193
The Scroll: Restored for Good? (Chs. 22-23)     196
Light amid the Kings' Dark Legacy (Chs. 24-25)     199

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