1 & 2 Kings
1 & 2 Kings
  • Length: 615 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: March 28, 2014
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2509-7
  • Item Code: 2509

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The books of 1 and 2 Kings cover the history of Israel from the last days of the united kingdom under David to the eventual fall of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Within these books, the deuteronomic code - 'doing what is right in the Lord's sight' - provides a framework by which monarchic history is measured. In the kings' cultic failures lies the apostasy of the nation and its eventual exile. This apostasy centres on Israel's commitment to worship YHWH exclusively, and to worship according to deuteronomistic norms within the Jerusalem temple as the locus of YHWH's covenant presence. To safeguard the kings' commitments, YHWH's prophets loom large in 1 and 2 Kings: they herald YHWH's purposes, warn of his judgment for apostasy and woo his people back to the full experience of covenant life.

Lissa M. Wray Beal's valuable commentary examines the successes and failures of monarchy in the divided kingdoms. It works with the final form of the biblical text and pursues historiographical, narrative and theological questions, including the relation of each chapter's themes to biblical theology. While it focuses on theological and narrative concerns, the commentary gives due attention to complex historical issues. It seeks to provide a nuanced reading that is faithful to the text's message.

"Those familiar with technical commentaries will appreciate Beal's volume. Those who are unfamiliar with Hebrew will find this resource a valuable starting point for studying 1-2 Kings."

Abram Kielsmeier-Jones, Bible Study Magazine, November-December 2014


Editors' preface

Author's preface


1. The story of Kings
2. 1 and 2 Kings in the canon
3. Distinctive features of 1 and 2 Kings
4. Critical issues of authorship and date
5. 1 and 2 Kings as historiography
6. The problem of chronology
7. Theology of 1 and 2 Kings
8. The approach of this commentary

Text and commentary


Index of Scripture references
Index of authors
Index of subjects

Lissa Wray Beal is professor of Old Testament at Providence Theological Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada. She is coeditor of Prophets, Prophecy, and Ancient Israelite Historiography (Eisenbrauns) and author of The Deuteronomist's Prophet (T & T Clark).