The Kings and Their Gods: The Pathology of Power

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About the Author:
Daniel Berrigan is a poet, peace activist, and renowned authr. His other books include Daniel: Under the Siege of the Divine and Uncommon Prayer: A Book of Psalms. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Thomas Merton Award

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802860439
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Berrigan is a poet, peace activist, and renowned author. His other writings include Daniel: Under the Siege of the Divine, Uncommon Prayer, and Swords into Plowshares. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Thomas Merton Award.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

First Book of Kings 11

Who Shall Inherit the Grand Years of David? 13

Solomon Enthroned 13

"Blood Will Have Blood" 15

"The Wisdom of Solomon" 21

Dreams and Shadows of Dreams 24

The Apotheosis of Empire 29

Stone upon Stone, the King Constructs Immortality 32

The "Great Pyramid" of Solomon 32

The House of the Lord? 36

A Palace Fit for a King? 39

The Temple Dedicated: Folly, Fiction, Obsession 40

The Tyrant and the Convenient Deity 57

From Solomon to Jeroboam: Kings Run Amok 60

The King and the Queen: Wisdom Compounded, Unconfounded 60

The Great King: Possessed by Possessions 70

Shadows over the Empire 71

Enemies and Traitors: The Decline and Fall 73

The Seamless Cloak, Torn 75

No Strange Gods before Me 80

Of Kings and Their Gods: A Tale of Woe 87

Jeroboam and Rehoboam: Undone by Idols 87

A Line of Nonentities 91

At Long Last, Relief: Elijah the Plainspoken 93

Elijah and Elisha: God's Chosen Chooses 101

King Ahab and the Deity 104

War, and Yet Again War 108

Second Book of Kings 119

Of Kings and Prophets: Light and Darkness Contending 121

Ahaziah: Another King Folk 121

"My Father, My Father, the Chariot of Israel and Its Driver!" 123

Elisha: A Prophet to Love and to Loathe 132

A Virtuous Duet and a Dubious Spirit 139

A Gift of Unexpected Mercy 144

Famine and Fury: War and Its Shadows 147

The Horrid Banquet of War 147

A Moment's Relief: The Siege Lifted 154

Something Terrible beyond Telling 158

The Blood of Kings - and Queens 160

A King's Greed, a Prophet's Epitaph 164

The Spoils of War, Continued 167

Exile: The Final Tragedy 167

Dawnat Last: Isaiah and the Last Days of Empire 173

Hezekiah: King of Contradiction 174

Isaiah: Prophet of Hope against Hope 178

A Puzzle of Praise for a Foolish King 189

Innocent Blood on Royal Hands 193

The Scroll: Restored for Good? 196

Light amid the Kings' Dark Legacy 199

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