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1 and 2 Kings (The NIV Application Commentary) by [Konkel, August H.]
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Readers of 1 and 2 Kings commonly approach these books as a straightforward chronology of post-Davidic Israel: the inauguration of Solomon's reign, the division of the kingdom following his death, and Israel's and Judah's ensuing kings, conflicts, captivities, and overarching spiritual decline. In reality, however, the books of the Kings fall into the collection known as the Former Prophets, and their true story and underlying theme center on such striking personalities as Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, and other divinely appointed spokesmen. It is God's interaction with his people by way of his prophets and their kings---his pleadings, his warnings, and the fulfillment of his words---that comes across again and again with forcefulness and clarity. God speaks; now will his people hear, believe, and respond? The question is as relevant for us today as it was for the ancient Israelites. Bridging the centuries, August Konkel connects past context to contemporary circumstances, helping us grasp the meaning and signifance of 1 and 2 Kings and take to heart their message for us today. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable---but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.

About the Author

August H. Konkel is president emeritus of Providence University College and Theological Seminary at Otterburne, Manitoba. Konkel began at Providence as instructor in Old Testament in 1984; he served full time as professor of Old Testament until July 2001. Konkel received his PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1987. He is author of a commentary on Job and on 1 & 2 Kings and has served as a pastor.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 705 pages
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  • Publisher: Zondervan (11 May 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JMF3IU
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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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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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