1 and 2 Kings unfolds an epic narrative that concludes the long
story of Israel's experience with institutional monarchy, a
sequence of events that begins with the accession of Solomon and
the establishment of the Jerusalem temple, moves through the
partition into north and south, and leads inexorably toward the
nation's destruction and the passage to exile in Babylon. Keith
Bodner's The Theology of the Book of Kings provides a reading of
the narrative attentive to its literary sophistication and
theological subtleties, as the cast of characters - from the royal
courts to the rural fields - are variously challenged to resist the
tempting pathway of political and spiritual accommodations and
instead maintain allegiance to their covenant with God. In dialogue
with a range of contemporary interpreters, this study is a
preliminary exploration of some theological questions that arise
from the Kings narrative, while inviting contemporary communities
of faith into deeper engagement with this enduring account of
divine reliability amidst human scheming and rapaciousness.
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