Kingdom of Priests
This is a comprehensive introduction to the history of Old Testament Israel. Eugene Merrill combines conservative evangelical convictions with a sound interpretive methodology that fully appreciates the various genres, rhetorical strategies, and theological emphases of the Hebrew Bible. 560 pages,...
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This is a comprehensive introduction to the history of Old Testament Israel. Eugene Merrill combines conservative evangelical convictions with a sound interpretive methodology that fully appreciates the various genres, rhetorical strategies, and theological emphases of the Hebrew Bible. 560 pages, from Baker.
"Kingdom of Priests" provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of Old Testament Israel. Now updated and revised, this volume addresses and interacts with current debates in the history of ancient Israel, offering an up-to-date articulation of a conservative evangelical position on historical matters. The text is accented with nearly twenty maps and charts. ""Kingdom of Priests" has served several generations of students and colleagues with distinction, so it is with delight that I welcome this second edition. Judiciously updated throughout, its most important improvement is the engagement of recent historiographical discussions, including a burgeoning literature among evangelicals. I am pleased to recommend it."--David M. Howard, dean, Center for Biblical and Theological Foundations; professor of Old Testament, Bethel Seminary "The second edition of Eugene Merrill's now classic "Kingdom of Priests" is a model of the seamless relationship of Old Testament history and theology. While technically a history of Israel, updated and refurbished by the latest biblical research, this book illustrates by its structure, style, and content that OT history was written for theological purposes. But history is not the unwitting servant of theology; rather, they stand alongside one another as co-servants of the message of redemption."--C. Hassell Bullock, Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College "In "Kingdom of Priests," Eugene Merrill follows a sound methodology that uses explicitly stated and well-reasoned principles in analyzing Old Testament events. He demonstrates how the 'facts' of Old Testament history emerge only after sound hermeneutics that giveattention to issues of style, genre, and rhetorical strategies are applied to the biblical text. Merrill provides historical background for each biblical book and period of Israel's history and gives up-to-date information from extrabiblical sources regarding nations and rulers with whom Israel often found itself in conflict. This work is a crowning achievement of a distinguished career devoted to the study of Old Testament history and is destined to become the standard evangelical treatment of biblical history for decades to come."--Mark F. Rooker, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
The purpose of this study is not so much to interpret the meaning of the underlying events--a task more properly in the province of biblical theology--as it is to discover the historical data themselves and by every resource at our disposal (including the biblical text, extrabiblical documents, and archaeology) to reconstruct the history of Israel along the lines of ordinary historiographical method, that is, to the extent that such a goal is possible, given the unique nature of the material.
From the origins and exodus to the restoration and new hope, Kingdom of Priests offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of Old Testament Israel. Merrill explores the history of ancient Israel not only from Old Testament texts but also from the literary and archeological sources of the ancient Near East. After selling more than 30,000 copies, the book has now been updated and revised. The second edition addresses and interacts with current debates in the history of ancient Israel, offering an up-to-date articulation of a conservative evangelical position on historical matters. The text is accented with nearly twenty maps and charts.
Eugene H. Merrill (Ph.D., Columbia University) is distinguished professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He is the author of several articles/books, including a commentary on Deuteronomy (New American Commentary series and Cornerstone Biblical Commentary) and the Deuteronomy study notes for the NLT Study Bible. He also served as a Deuteronomy reviewer for the New Living Translation.
- Preface<br>preface To The Second Edition<br>1. Recalling Israel's Past: Issues And Strategies<br>preliminary Considerations<br>the History Of Israel And Historiography<br>the Old Testament As Historiography<br>2. Origins<br>israel At Moab<br>the Purpose Of Torah<br>the Story Of The Patriarchs<br>3. The Exodus: Birth Of A Nation<br>the Meaning Of The Exodus<br>the Historical Setting Of The Exodus<br>the Date Of The Exodus<br>the Dates And Length Of The Egyptian Sojourn<br>patriarchal Chronology<br>the Wilderness Wandering<br>4. The Conquest And Occupation Of Canaan<br>the Land As Promise Fulfillment<br>the Ancient Near Eastern World<br>the 'apiru And The Conquest<br>the Strategy Of Joshua<br>the Date Of Joshua's Conquest<br>the Campaign Against The Anakim<br>alternative Models Of The Conquest And Occupation<br>the Tribal Allotments<br>the Second Covenant Renewal At Shechem<br>5. The Era Of The Judges: Covenant Violation, Anarchy, And Human Authority<br>the Literary-critical Problem In Judges<br>the Chronology Of Judges<br>the Ancient Near Eastern World<br>the Judges Of Israel<br>the Bethlehem Trilogy<br>6. Saul: Covenant Misunderstanding<br>the Demand For Kingship<br>the Chronology Of The Eleventh Century<br>the Selection Of Saul<br>the First Challenge To Saul<br>the Decline Of Saul<br>theological Considerations<br>the Rise Of David<br>7. David: Covenant Kingship<br>the Lack Of Nationhood Before David<br>david At Hebron<br>chronicles And Theological History<br>jerusalem The Capital<br>the Establishment Of David's Power<br>an Introduction To A Davidic Chronology<br>8. David: The Years Of Struggle<br>egypt And Israelite Independence<br>the Ammonite Wars<br>the Beginning Of David's Domestic Troubles<br>jerusalem As Cult Center<br>the Rebellion Of Absalom<br>david's Efforts At Reconciliation<br>additional Troubles<br>david's Plan For A Temple<br>the Solomonic Succession<br>the Davidic Bureaucracy<br>9. Solomon: From Pinnacle To Peril<br>problems Of Transition<br>the Failure Of The Opposition To Solomon<br>the Conclave At Gibeon<br>international Relations<br>the Building Projects Of Solomon<br>cracks In The Solomonic Empire<br>solomonic Statecraft<br>spiritual And Moral Apostasy<br>solomon And The Nature Of Wisdom<br>10. The Divided Monarchy<br>the Roots Of National Division<br>the Immediate Occasion Of National Division<br>the Reign Of Rehoboam<br>the Reign Of Jeroboam<br>the Pressure Of Surrounding Nations<br>abijah Of Judah<br>asa Of Judah<br>the Reemergence Of Assyria<br>nadab Of Israel<br>the Dynasty Of Baasha Of Israel<br>omri Of Israel<br>jehoshaphat Of Judah<br>ahab Of Israel<br>the Threat Of Assyria<br>ahab's Successors<br>the Anointing Of Hazael Of Damascus<br>jehoram Of Judah<br>the Anointing Of Jehu<br>11. The Dynasty Of Jehu And Contemporary Judah<br>the Reign Of Jehu Of Israel<br>athaliah Of Judah<br>the Role Of Other Nations<br>joash Of Judah<br>jehoahaz Of Israel<br>the International Scene<br>jehoash Of Israel<br>amaziah Of Judah<br>jeroboam Ii Of Israel<br>uzziah Of Judah<br>the Ministry Of The Prophets<br>12. The Rod Of Yahweh: Assyria And Divine Wrath<br>factors Leading To Israel's Fall<br>the End Of The Dynasty Of Jehu<br>assyria And Tiglath-pileser Iii<br>menahem Of Israel<br>the Last Days Of Israel<br>the Impact Of Samaria's Fall<br>judah And The Fall Of Samaria<br>hezekiah Of Judah<br>the Viewpoint Of The Prophets<br>13. Fading Hope: The Disintegration Of Judah<br>the Legacy Of Hezekiah<br>manasseh Of Judah<br>amon Of Judah<br>the International Scene: Assyria And Egypt<br>josiah Of Judah<br>the Fall Of Jerusalem<br>the Prophetic Witness<br>14. The Exile And The First Return<br>an Introductory Overview<br>the World Situation During The Exile<br>the Jewish People During The Exile<br>the World Situation During The Period Of Restoration<br>the First Return<br>problems Following The Return<br>encouragement From The Prophets<br>15. Restoration And New Hope<br>the Persian Influence<br>subsequent Returns: Ezra And Nehemiah<br>malachi The Prophet