Readers of 1 and 2 Kings commonly approach these books as a straightforward chronology of post-Davidic Israel: the inauguration of Solomons reign, the division of the kingdom following his death, and Israels and Judahs 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 Gods interaction with his people by way of his prophets and their kingshis pleadings, his warnings, and the fulfillment of his wordsthat 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 dont discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuablebut 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.
1 & 2 Kings: NIV Life Application Commentary by August H. Konkel was published by Zondervan in November 2006 and is our 20066th best seller. The ISBN for 1 & 2 Kings: NIV Life Application Commentary is 9780310211297.