Item description for Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel by John W. Rogerson...
Overview Using timelines and illustrations throughout, this volume follows the succession of rulers of Imperial Rome. These portraits of the emperors form the building blocks of an invaluable and highly readable popular history of Imperial Rome, brought to life using the colorful testimony of contemporary authors. 328 illustrations, 111 in color.
Publishers Description Covering a span of 1,500 years, Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings charts all the leaders of Israel from the Ancestors the physical and spiritual founders of the nation through the united monarchy under David and Solomon, to the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, Persian and Greek rule and, finally, Roman domination. Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings searches through the mists of tradition to reveal the historical figures behind familiar names such as Moses, David, and Solomon. Did they exist? What is known about them? The rulers are placed in the context of their own world and brought vividly to life, complete with their outstanding feats and their equally notable failings. We are also introduced to less-known but fascinating figures, such as Ahab and his Ivory House; Hezekiah, who withstood the might of the Assyrians; and Judas Maccabeus, who restored Jewish independence. Although leaders of a people dedicated to God, they frequently lapsed into morally questionable behavior, resulting in criticism and censure from Prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Elijah. Key features of the book include: data files for every ruler, listing important information such as the meaning of their names, their lineage, wives, and children, and Bible references; portraits of rulers, genealogical trees, full-color maps, and illustrations taken from a huge range of sources; special features, including the Exodus, the Philistines, the Exile, Solomon's Temple, and the Dead Sea Scrolls; timelines providing at-a-glance visual guides to reigns and events."
Citations And Professional Reviews Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel by John W. Rogerson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
American Reference Bks Annual - 01/01/2001 page 592
Publishers Weekly - 09/27/1999 page 96
Ingram Advance - 10/01/1999 page 203
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Studio: Thames & Hudson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.34" Width: 7.96" Height: 1" Weight: 2.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 17, 1999
Publisher Thames & Hudson
ISBN 0500050953 ISBN13 9780500050958
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More About John W. Rogerson
Professor John Rogerson is a former head of the department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Sheffield and Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel?
Good beginning point for Old Testament Chronology Mar 27, 2008
If you are looking for an indepth scholarly analysis or are looking for a faithful summary of what the Bible says do not buy this book.
However, if you are looking for a basic summary of current scholarship on old testament chronology, along with lots of great photos and maps, this is a great book to buy. The text is organized well and the photos really enhance the learning experience. I bought this because I needed to get a very quick summary of the kings and I was not disappointed. I also feel more confident that I would be able to follow a more scholarly treatment of the problems in old testament chronology having read this book.
Great addition to Bible Studies Library! May 31, 2007
True persons of faith should not fear history, they should embrace it!
This book is a wonderful addition to any biblical studies library for the ease of convenience reference it provides for the Kings of ancient Israel from Saul and David through Hosea and Zedekiah respectively.
Plus, it also includes pictures including Jehu prostrate. Signicantly, this is the only contemporaneous picture of a Judean or Samarian King and it appears here in this book along with the necessary history to place Jehu next to his Omride predecessors as well as his Judean betters (according, at least to Kings 1 and 2!).
Tuuly I didn't really appreciate Armegedon or the Temple Mount until after physically seeing them and in the same vein I didn't appreciate the relationship between these biblical leaders until seeing them in context with each other.
A wonderful read, an accessible read and a necessary part of a good bible studies library, this book is HIGHLY recommended!
Typically fine book in the T & H Chronicles group Dec 4, 2006
This book is for those with open minds that are interested in the material of the ancient kings of Israel. It is not intended to be a religious or Biblical text so those who purchase it believing it is just that are going to be disappointed, offended, etc. Considering the low ratings shown here that are based on that, the potential buyer should be aware of this and that the use of the term "secular" appears to be a put down of a non-religious work that some believe should be dealt with only from a religious perspective.
I happily recommend this book.
Major Disappointment Apr 4, 2006
This is a major disappointment for several reasons. The overwhelming majority of the book is a secular rehash of what is in the Bible, but with liberal scholarship and scepticism. I had really purchased the book to learn about the kings of Israel which are not recorded in the Bible, but there was little information there ... just scant references and ultra brief biographies.
I would not mind the liberal scholarship if the author had been honest enough to furnish the conservative responses and evidences, but it was obviously a one sided portrayal.
Consequently, these two reasons (too little on extra-Biblical kings and too liberally biased) I cannot recommend the book although the other Chronicle series are well worth the money.
David C., Ph.D.
Too secular! Oct 22, 2001
I certainly enjoyed Chronicles of the Pharaohs and Chronicles of the Caesars. Unfortunately, this one was a let-down. Although it covers all the kings of Israel and Judah (along with the patriarchs and Moses) this book has a very secular humanist slant.
The book basically denies the possiblity for divine intervention and revelation. It does not take the miracles of the Old Testament seriously. Besides this, whenever the author perceieves that there is a discrepency between the Old Testament and extra-Biblical pagan texts, he always sides with the extra-Biblical pagan texts.
Obviously, there are no contemporary pictures or statues of the Old Testament kings.... The author therefore makes use of Roman Catholic art from the Middle Ages to fill in the gaps. As such, many of the pictures are unrealistic and silly. One would think that the kings of Israel were actually in medieval Britain or France....
It was good as a reference to determine which kings lived when, but not much else.
The only people who would enjoy this book are college students at secular universities who want to study the Bible and at the same time justify their lack of faith.
This is definitely not something I would use at church or Sunday School. This is not even a book I would use for Christian edification. It is simply a chronology of Biblical history taken from a secular humanist or naturalistic point of view.