Item description for Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 13, 2 Kings (Word Biblical Commentary #13) by T. R. Hobbs & Thomas Nelson Publishers...
Overview The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.
The book of 2 Kings reads like tragic drama, telling the story of the closing decades of the divided monarchy in Israel and Judah-its failure, the Exile, the destruction of Jerusalem. If these are indeed God's chosen people, why has he allowed them to be so devastated?
In this insightful commentary, Dr. T. R. Hobbs focuses on 2 Kings as the purposeful attempt of its author to interpret the tragedy for those people-to give them new understanding of their past and renew their hope for the future.
Dr. Hobbs provides guidance in exploring several important themes emphasized by the author, among them: the prophet's role in the history of Israel and Judah, and the power of the divine word, particularly as transmitted by the prophet Elisha God's relentless insistence on faithfulness to the law of Moses (largely ignored by the people) as a condition for continuation of the Davidic covenant the dire effects of idol worship as practiced by the Canaanites and foolishly emulated by Israel and Judah inevitable doom as the fruit of disobedience, despite the occasional reforms instituted by some of the kings.
Dr. Hobbs's careful research has supplied sound reasons for acknowledging 2 Kings to be the creation of a single author, a master of literary expression whose skillfully crafted work fulfills its purpose. Particularly intriguing is the discussion on the deliberate imbalance in the author's selectivity of source materials and role models, both positive and negative; the perceptive analysis of literary techniques such as threefold repetition, word plays, and formulaic progressions; and the brief but penetrating overview of the nature of history and its relation to literary artistry.
The commentary includes a welcome commonsense examination of2 Kings' complicated problems of chronology, and there is ongoing dialogue with scholars who hold to a view of double or even multiple redaction of the book. Throughout, Dr. Hobbs demonstrates the author of 2 Kings to be "faithful to the facts, to his readers, to future Israel, and to God, whose word he delivers."
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2000
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Word Biblical Commentary
Series Number 13
ISBN 0849902126 ISBN13 9780849902123
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More About T. R. Hobbs & Thomas Nelson Publishers
T. R. HOBBS is Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario. The author of various articles for scholarly publications, Dr. Hobbs has the B.D. from London University; the M.Th. from Baptist Seminary, Ruschlikon, Switzerland; and the Ph.D. from London University.
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Not confused with a history book May 7, 2008
A well written commentary on 2Kings. That is what I call a commentary of high standard evangelicalism combining both, faith and scholarship, and treating the biblical history respectfully. Hobbs considers 2Kings to be a creation of a single author who has selected for theological reasons certain themes from the source material available (e.g. Elijah, Elisha, Jehu, Hezekiah and Isaiah, Josiah) which he has dealt with at greater length than other events more important in the eyes of modern historians. Hobbs offers a lot of explanations on the Hebrew, discusses different opinions, focuses mainly on the major issues, but nevertheless he has produced an in-depth commentary. For Evangelicals recommended!