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1-2 Kings
Hens-Piazza, Gina

Nashville: Abingdon, 2006 pp. xx + 407. $36.00

Series Information
Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries


Description: This study of the Books of Kings unfolds with attention and sensitivity to the immense literary artistry that craft these narratives. While setting forth the literary and theological significance of these traditions concerning the major figures in these canonical books, i.e. Israel's Kings, this commentary consistently trains our attention upon the minor characters also resident in these stories. Fixing upon these individuals as well as the prophets, the exegetical discussion often discloses how God's Word is embodied and made known by those we might least expect. While steadfastly avoiding analogical readings, the theological and ethical exposition skillfully engage the reader by amplifying the resonances in these texts echoing in our own world today. The present volume gives an up-to-date, readable commentary on the books of 1-2 Kings. The commentary covers critical issues section by section while emphasizing the larger theological and literary issues in Kings and illustrating its relevance for modern readers.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Kings, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology

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Review by Ralph W. Klein
Published 12/1/2007
Citation: Ralph W. Klein, review of Gina Hens-Piazza, 1-2 Kings, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


Review by Randall L. McKinion
Published 6/7/2008
Citation: Randall L. McKinion, review of Gina Hens-Piazza, 1-2 Kings, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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