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1 & 2 Kings (NIV Application Commentary) [Hardcover]

August H. Konkel
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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House (31 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310211298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310211297
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed (3 1/2 star) 7 April 2010
By TimBall
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I wish I had bought the higher rated 1 & 2 Kings commentary, (BestCommentaries.com) by Paul House, NAC, instead of this commentary by August Konkel. I didn't because I generally prefer the NIV Application Commentary format for devotional reading.
This commentary is fairly basic. Whilst generally Conservative, I feel he gives too much precedence to the theoretical Deuteronomist viewpoint, which I find can detract from the original intent of the message of the text.
The "Original Meaning" sections are basic with slightly more reflection on the meaning of the passage in the "Bridging Contexts" sections. The "Contempory Significance" sections are used as a series of "essays" on contempory issues facing the western church, which whilst often good in themselves, did not always seem very relevant to the passage under discussion.

The author generally takes very large chunks of 2, 3 or even 4 chapters in length for each section. This isn't always a bad thing as it sometimes helps to show an underlying theme which can be hidden by chapter divisions but I found the "chunks" were usually too large to cover in any very meaningful depth.

I read this alongside Dale Ralph Davis's excellent (5 star) commentaries in the Christian Focus series and the contrast was striking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great commentary in the series 7 Dec 2012
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A very helpful and practical commentary. A very useful read in the planning of a new preaching series at the start of 2013.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1 & 2 Kings commentary 12 May 2007
By Andris Peselis - Published on Amazon.com
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I found in this book some interesting and useful ideas how to illustrate episodes in books of 1 & 2 Kings. The NIV Application Commentary series has its own limits and peculiarities, because here authors deal more with ideas and less with text. This book may be useful for those who are interesting in preparation of sermons about 1 & 2 Kings, but it is less interesting for those who are looking for grammar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly balance presentation 7 April 2007
By Commentary Surveyor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I proofread this for Zondervan, and it is a very solid effort. Multifaceted in Hebrew, ANE, archaeological, and theological coverage. Hard to chose between this, Paul House 1, 2 Kings/an Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture Niv Text (New American Commentary), and Iain Provan 1 and 2 Kings (for exposition). Konkel recently completed Job for the CBC series Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary) (Tyndale), and will author the forthcoming Chronicles, BCBC (Herald).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful 23 July 2007
By Joshua Reich - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a big fan of the NIV application commentaries, but this has to be one of the worst ones I have used. I recently did a series on Elijah and of all the commentaries I used on 1 & 2 Kings, this one had the least helpful and useful information, and the information it did have was very little. He made 1 Kings 17, 18 & 19 one chapter. So much goes on there, and this is one of the major stories in 1 Kings. I don't know how he was able to boil that down to a few pages.
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