1 & 2 Kings (Niv Application Commentary Series)
Bridging the gap between historical and present-day contexts, this new volume by August H. Konkel in the NIV Application Commentary Series helps us to accurately apply the message of 1 and 2 Kings to the lives we live today. ...
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Bridging the gap between historical and present-day contexts, this new volume by August H. Konkel in the NIV Application Commentary Series helps us to accurately apply the message of 1 and 2 Kings to the lives we live today.
Readers of 1 and 2 Kings commonly approach these books as a straightforward chronology of post-Davidic Israel: the inauguration of Solomon's reign, the division of the kingdom following his death, and Israel's and Judah's ensuing kings, conflicts, captivities, and overarching spiritual decline.
However, the books of the Kings belong to the collection known as the Former Prophets, and their true themes centre on such striking personalities as Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, and other divinely appointed spokesmen. It is God's interaction with his people by way of his prophets and their kings - his pleadings, his warnings, and the fulfilment of his words - that comes across again and again with forcefulness and clarity. God speaks; how 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 significance of 1 and 2 Kings 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 don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable, but 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.
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August Konkel, PhD (Westminster Theological Seminary), has been professor of Old Testament at Providence Seminary since 1984 and president of the College and Seminary since 2001. A contributor to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, he is preparing forthcoming commentaries on Chronicles (Herald Press) and on 1 & 2 Kings (Zondervan) and his commentary on The Book of Job (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary).