1 & 2 Kings (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2006
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From the Back Cover
"Leithart's theological conclusions about the book of Kings are diverse and interesting. He demonstrates a breadth of reading and knowledge of theological matters and brings that knowledge to bear upon the book of Kings. . . . For the biblical scholar, this volume is a fitting reminder that the text should be read holistically and theologically. . . . For the pastor, Leithart's commentary provides a succinct summary of each chapter or section that is most helpful in preaching through the book. For the theologian, Leithart shows how even the book of Kings makes weighty theological statements based upon a text-imminent, Christian reading of the book. Moreover, for all, it is a delightful read."
--Randall L. McKinion, "Review of Biblical Literature"
"Both content and structure contribute to the value of the commentary for sermon preparation and lay use. Chief among the distinguishing features of Leithart's work is the way he travels from the text to multiple disciplines that benefit from the narrative theology described therein. . . . [Leithart's] aspiration of bringing the OT to the church as an ongoing source of revelation is refreshing. In a discipline felt by many to have become increasingly distant from the church, theology, and even exegesis, biblical studies is in need of 'reform.' Like Elijah, Leithart attempts to address the problem from within, rather than casting aspersions from a distance. For this, as well as for his engaging style and challenging observations, his contribution is welcome."
--Amber Warhurst, "Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society"
"Leithart's work [is] stimulating in its unabashedly theological interpretive stance. Such a starting point for the exegetical task inquires differently of the text and renders fresh applications and observations. The two disciplines of biblical and theological studies can only benefit from cross-disciplinary engagement and, certainly, Leithart demonstrates that both disciplines can be used critically and in service of the Church."
--Lissa M. Wray Beal, "Toronto Journal of Theology
"[Leithart's] introduction, '1-2 Kings as Gospel, ' is well worth reading and will be a great help in preparing to preach through these books, which are not often chosen for expository series. This commentary will be a great supplement to other tools when preaching in 1-2 Kings."
About the Author
Peter Leithart (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of theology and literature at New Saint Andrews College and pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho. He is the author of a number of books, including "A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament, " "Against Christianity," and a forthcoming commentary on 2 Peter. A contributing editor for "Touchstone," he has also written articles for "First Things, " "Modern Theology," "Journal of Biblical Literature," and "Pro Ecclesia."
Top Customer Reviews
It comes from an unashamedly faith tradition, and the text is illuminated because of it. Despite the author's disclaimer that he is not sure how to deal with the Elijah/Elisha cycle, I found his handling of these passages
A welcome addition to any library.