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1 KINGS; THE WISDOM AND THE FOLLY (Focus on the Bible Commentaries) [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845502515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845502515
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So many people believe the Old Testament to be dry and dreary, with nothing applicable to us today.

Those people are spectacularly wrong, obviously it's the word of God - which has stood for thousands or years against all challenges, and will stand for eternity. It is applicable always, no matter the period of time we stand in, and reading Davis commentary on 1 Kings has been so enjoyable for these reasons - he makes the text so practical, and applicable to daily life. Its amazing to see how absolutely nothing has changed in politics at all since the days of 1 Kings!

His treatment of Elijah is absolutely fantastic, adding a twist to what many people believe (without truly studying the text) about the Great Prophet. One thing I took away from the commentary is seeing how all the way through 1 Kings, God is completely sovereign and completely in control of history. Another thing I took away with me was how I was consistently astonished by the grace God showed to Ahab - How many chances to repent and turn to God Ahab was given - and he rejected all of them.

I hear that Game of Thrones is quite popular with people at the moment, well, Kings had all that drama long before Game of Thrones!

Every serious Christian should read this, and in addition to that all of Davis' commentaries in the Focus on the Bible series, they have, with no exaggeration changed my life, and opened my eyes to the much neglected world of the Old Testament.

BUY IT NOW!! You will in no way regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say that hasn't already been said? 13 Feb 2014
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What can I say that hasn't been already said. If anyone is tempted to say that the Old Testament is dry and boring then they should get this for their Pastor's birthday or Christmas present and see the quality of his preaching on 1 Kings improve. Boring preaching is a crime and there is no excuse for it, especially when there are commentaries of this calibre to be used as a resource! Dale Ralph Davis has a unique touch when it comes to writing, he is a lot of fun to read and yet he provides some real theological depth and reflection on the text. I strongly recommend that before you spend a great deal of your hard earned money on some masterly, heavyweight, academic, and probably as dull as dishwater commentary on the book of 1 Kings that you check this out first as I don't believe you will do much better. I can certainly guarantee you're certainly had more fun reading it, whether for personal Bible study or to preach it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful 23 Oct 2010
I've read and reread these commentaries (1 and 2 Samuel,and 2 Kings as well) and they are excellent, he takes time to show the structure of the text which could prove boring but isn't and explains it very clearly, making it very readable, without dumbing down. His treatment of Elijah is stunning but so are the lesser known passages. Ralph Davies is an excellent expositor and gives much thought to practical application. It's that sort of commentary. You could quite easily use these as devotional as well as sermon prep etc. His illustrations from the American Civil war add a bit of colour as well. Yet don't think of this as being a lightweight, it isn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great OT commentary for any student of the Word 25 Mar 2008
By Brad Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have never read Ralph Davis' commentaries, you are missing a real treat! He has a depth of insight and the way he applies the Scriptures is truly fantastic. His academic ability is shown, but he does not over power you with it. His OT commentaries are great for Bible study and seeing how an ancient text applies in the 21st century. If you don't own them, you need to get them today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful commentary 27 Jan 2011
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been teaching a old testament survey class with the teen to mid-20 young people in my church. Using Mr. Davis's commentaries from Judges thru Kings has been a great blessing. He has the scholarly expertise, but the great spiritual insights that make these books come alive. I would prefer his commentaries over most of the big name commentary writers. Great illustrations also!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid and Thought-Provoking 3 Mar 2012
By K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another solid and though-provoking commentary from an author who have quickly come to respect for both his wit and wisdom and his honesty.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my very favorite Bible commentators. 12 April 2014
By Valerie Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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Not many people can exposit Old Testament passages like Dale Ralph Davis. He makes even the most difficult passages applicable to life today.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written with witty wisdom 17 Jan 2014
By Dennis L. Mullen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a commentary that brings many other commentator's to the table, both pro and con to Davis' position. Davis makes the reader so very aware of what is afoot over the vast span of time that 1 Kings covers, and that is what happens when mankind, meddles in 1st commandment stuff. This is timeless in its teaching. Man refusing to believe that God has spoken, that we are to have no other gods before us. When writing of Solomon, Davis notes, "The text is not interested in Solomon's politics but in his affections." This is true for all the characters that follow. When Davis writes, "the problem is not wealth or luxury or high handedness or wisdom or popularity or renown or splendor or achievement but other gods. First commandment stuff," he summarizes the problem and the issue for mankind. This teaching is timeless in its truth. God is sovereign and when we meddle in First Commandment stuff what happens is, and I quote Davis: "What happens when one make first commandment compromises? One meets the anger of the Lord." I highly recommend this book.
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