Item description for 1 and 2 Kings (New International Biblical Comme #7) by Iain Provan...
Overview New! Add the best of contemporary conservative scholarship to your commentary library with this just-technical-enough new volume of the New International Biblical Commentary. Provan succeeds in making Kings a more easily navigable book for both lay readers and serious students by treating it as a unified whole, highlighting repeated themes, and giving particular attention to the canonical and historical contexts. With end-of-chapter notes and bibliographies.
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.83" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1996
Publisher HENDRICKSON PUBLISHER #40
Series New International Biblical Comme
Series Number 7
ISBN 156563053X ISBN13 9781565630536
Availability 0 units.
More About Iain Provan
Iain Provan, Ph.D. (1986) in Old Testament, University of Cambridge, is Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). His publications have focused on Old Testament historiography, narrative and theology, with particular attention to the books of Kings, Lamentations and Song of Songs/Ecclesiastes. Mark J. Boda, Ph.D. (1996) in Old Testament, University of Cambridge, is Professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College and Professor in the Faculty of Theology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. His publications have focused on the study of the Old Testament with emphasis on the Penitential Prayer and theological traditions, Persian period prophecy and historiography, and Old Testament Theology.
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Sadly too brief Jan 20, 2005
Provan has crafted a masterful and readable commentary on the book of Kings within the unfortunate size restraints of the NIBC series. Provan blends a nuanced and refined approach to the biblical text with a lively and engaging writing style that compels the reader to read on in both the commentary and Kings itself. The commentary employs historical and literary analysis in a successful synthesis that leaves the reader confident in the history described and yet impressed by the theology crafted from the ordering and telling of events.
Provan consistently manages to cull fresh insights and original readings from familiar narratives. His treatment of Solomon, for example, is perhaps the ablest and most profound portion of the commentary. Provan interacts with the themes of law and grace as embodied in the conditional/unconditional elements of the Davidic covenants. His treatment is helpful. The "Additional Notes" provide space for some more technical discussions; these are profitable to the reader and should not be skipped over.
Readers seeking more detailed discussions of historiagraphical issues from Provan's perspective can consult A Biblical History of Israel coauthored by Provan, Longman and Long. More lengthy and technical commentaries can fill in the details, but Provan's commentary captures the flow and meaning of Kings superbly and creatively.