NIV Application Commentary: 1 and 2 Kings (August H. Konkel)
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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. In reality, however, the books of the Kings fall into the collection known as the Former Prophets, and their true story and underlying theme center 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 fulfillment of his words that comes across again and again with forcefulness and clarity. God speaks; now will his people hear, believe, and respond?
In 1&2 Kings August Konkel shows us that these questions and issues remain pertinent for us today. Bridging the centuries Konkel connects past context to contemporary circumstances, helping us grasp the meaning and significance of 1 and 2 Kings and understand how its myriad lessons and circumstances can inform our knowledge of God and decisions to act in today's world.
About the Series
This unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today. Therefore, the NIV Application Commentary Series helps with both halves of the interpretative task: exegesis and theological application.
Additionally, the unique reader friendly format and the direct pinning of the entire series to the NIV, make it exceptionally easy for non-specialist readers to follow and learn from.
Commentary authors will, at times, work with the original languages but complete explanations are always given in non-specialist language; and they serve the exclusive function of further explicating the text at hand. The same approach is taken with all complex issues and interpretive matters. The focus is on learning and applying and every tool used by the commentators serves this end.
1 & 2 Kings
• Series: NIV Application Commentary Series
• General Editor: Terry Muck
• OT Consulting Editors: Tremper Longman III, John H Walton, Robert Hubbard, Andrew Dearman
• Author: August Konkel
• Publisher: Zondervan (2006)