By William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus Walter Brueggemann
The previous testomony offers principally strong methods of pondering and seeing. Brueggemann considers the artistry of one & 2 Kings because it mediates among historical past and religion. He has spent decades engaged with the artistry and mind's eye of the outdated testomony, brooding about the methods of energy in church and society and he makes transparent that these problems with energy within the historic texts nonetheless pertain to modern occasions. entire with searchable CD-ROM
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Nadab for Two Years, 15:25-32 XV. Northern Upheavals, 1 Kings 15:33–16:34 A. Baasha Gone Quickly, 15:33–16:7 B. Elah Murdered after Two Years, 16:8-14 C. Zimri, Defined by Violence, 16:15-20 D. Omri the Winner, 16:21-28 E. Ahab, Son of Omri, 16:29-34 XVI. Elijah, Man of Power for Life, 1 Kings 17:1-24 A. Wilderness Beginnings, 17:1-7 B. Life for Widow and Orphan, 17:8-16 C. New Power for Life, 17:17-24 XVII. Troubler of Israel, 1 Kings 18:1-46 A. Preparation for Life and Death Struggle, 18:1-19 B.
He swears allegiance and is tersely dispatched out of court. Solomon is the winner in the deathly contest. David has willed it; Yahweh has blessed it; the military has guaranteed it. Judah has a new king; the throne is now assigned by choreographed intrigue, sacramental acts that smack of cynicism, and guaranteeing military power. We are ready for the story of “the kings” to unfold. ” Connections The beginning chapter of the books of Kings already plunges us into the most interesting and most difficult issue faced in this account of Israel’s monarchy: the interplay of raw, crude politics and the insistence that this particular history is an arena for God’s purposes.
While Babylon is the proximate agent of that destruction, this interpretation presents Babylon (and Nebuchadnezzar, its ruler) as agents acting on behalf of Yahweh who wills that destruction of Yahweh’s own holy city. (2) The defining “fact” of the destruction of Jerusalem reminds us that the subject of this long narrative is finally Jerusalem, the people, the government, and the God who abides there. In addition to the obvious subject of the monarchy that inhabits the city (to which the northern regime has no legitimate access), the other core symbol of the city’s holiness is the Jerusalem temple.
1 & 2 Kings: A Commentary (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary) by William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus Walter Brueggemann