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2 Kings
Park, Song-Mi Suzie

Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019 pp. xlvii + 358. $39.95

Series Information
Wisdom Commentary, 12

Description: The Second Book of Kingsóa book whose very title seems to assert the prerogative of male ruleóis in fact filled with fascinating female characters as well as issues related to gender. In this commentary, Song-Mi Suzie Park argues that an interrogation of the masculinity of YHWH, Israelís deity, functions as the driving force behind the narrative in 2 Kings. While the sufficiency of YHWHís masculinity is affirmed by his military and reproductive prowess, it is also challenged and deconstructed through the painful defeats that end the book. Through a series of close readings, Park elucidates how the story of Israelís monarchic past in 2 Kings unfolds through a process of continual reformulation of masculinity and femininity in relation to YHWH and Israel.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Kings, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Steven L. McKenzie
Published 7/9/2020
Citation: Steven L. McKenzie, review of Song-Mi Suzie Park, 2 Kings, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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