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I & II Kings (New American Commentary) Hardcover – 1 Feb 1995


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First and Second Kings conclude a history of Israel that, generally speaking, begins in Genesis. Read the first page
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
The Books of Kings for Common Folk 26 May 2000
By William D. Barrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Are you looking for a simple commentary on 1st and 2nd Kings that isn't too shallow and doesn't ignore problems? This is the commentary you have been looking for. Paul House provides lucid comments on the text of these two biblical books in their historical and cultural setting. He doesn't stop there, however. At the conclusion of major sections of the Books of Kings, House describes the significance of the passage to the biblical canon and to pertinent subjects in Old Testament theology. Once the full meaning of the text has been presented, the author proceeds to suggest how the teachings apply to the lives of today's Christians.
In comparison to John Gray's commentary on 1st and 2nd Kings in the Old Testament Library series (Westminster Press), House's volume is less academic but provides far more interaction with theological matters. Gray's work might be chosen by a seminary professor, but House's commentary would be far more practical for preachers and lay teachers in churches and Bible institutes.
A companion commentary that takes a similar stance on interpretive issues, is based upon the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, and is referred to often by House, would be "1, 2 Kings" by Richard Patterson and Hermann Austel in volume 4 of The Expositor's Bible Commentary (Zondervan).
The New American Commentary series is the continuation of the tradition established by the older An American Commentary series under the editorship of Alvah Hovey at the end of the nineteenth century. The format makes the materials available to layman and scholar alike. The commentaries are based upon the NIV. Individual commentators, however, have the freedom to develop their own translations of the original text where they differ from the NIV. Technical points of grammar and syntax are placed in the footnotes rather than in the text. Footnotes also provide the reader with a wealth of significant bibliographic references to a wide range of resources. Students and professors alike will find these paths to further research extremely helpful and rewarding.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Commentary on Kings 1 Sept. 2007
By J. M. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I won't repeat the favorable comments made by others, but I will add this one point: one thing I love about this Commentary is House's extensive discussion of the historical, political, and military contexts of Kings, including citations to extra-Biblical sources. Having this outside context is invaluable for understanding the message of this important book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
OK, but there are better commentaries on Kings 24 Sept. 2012
By David Lynden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was looking very forward to reading through House's commentary on 1, 2 Kings because I have had a love for these books. My honest opinion is that it is overrated. Much of House's commentary is simply a restatement of the passage in question. There are some places where House offers theological and applicational implications for a unit as a whole. But, there are very few exegetical notes, even in the footnotes. I found the section on Elijah vs. the Prophets of Ba'al (1 Kings 17-19)- a rich source for thought and reflection- very dry and lifeless. There are some good historical comments, but theologically or even literarily, I was disappointed in the lack of substance. Jerome Walsh's commentary on 1 Kings is a terrific example of literary examination of Kings. August Konkel's commentary is much better on reflections on the text. In all, it is not a bad commentary, I was just hoping for more.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1, 2 Kings commentary review 23 Feb. 2006
By Mike Beidel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Paul House's commentary is a most helpful explanation of the contents of 1 and 2 Kings. I commend it to anyone looking for additional resource in studying either book.
Basic 27 Oct. 2012
By T. M. Durey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good for the basic understanding of the text. Sometimes there is more depth given, but there is a lot of fly over.
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