The Message of Kings Paperback

God is present

by John W Olley;

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At the beginning of 1 & 2 Kings, Solomon?s reign brought peace, prosperity, dynamic international trade and a magnificent centre of worship. By contrast, at the end, the people faced complete reversal: they and their king were in exile; Jerusalem and the temple lay in ruins.

How can this story of reversal, told by the very people who suffered that defeat, be of value today, and equip us ?for every good work??

John Olley shows how the books of Kings retell the past as ?preached history?, addressing the exilic situation of the original readers. This in turn helps as we ask how they speak to us today. Within the account of paths leading to short-term 'success' but ultimate failure, there are pointers of hope, of God?s continuing purposes and promises, and of the people?s response in the present.

In rich and often surprising ways, the narrative in Kings is part of the history that has shaped, and is to continue to shape, the faith and life of Christian believers. Everyday life, along with the turmoil of national and global events, is the arena in which God?s people are called to worship, trust and obey him, and it is on aspects of this life that 1 & 2 Kings can throw light.

The Message of Kings by John W Olley was published by IVP in November 2011 and is our 11562nd best seller. The ISBN for The Message of Kings is 9781844745500.

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Details for The Message of Kings

Page last updated 21st October 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIVP (November 2011)
Number of Pages416
Thickness29 mm
Height215 mm
Width135 mm
Product Code3972055
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