Engages the reader by amplifying the biblical resonances echoing in our own world today by disclosing how God's Word is embodied and made known by those we least expect.
The Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries provide compact, critical commentaries on the books of the Old Testament for the use of theological students and pastors. The commentaries are also useful for upper-level college or university students and for those responsible for teaching in congregational settings. In addition to providing basic information and insights into the Old Testament writings, these commentaries exemplify the tasks and procedures of careful interpretation, to assist students of the Old Testament in coming to an informed and critical engagement with the biblical texts themselves.
This study of the Books of Kings unfolds with attention and sensitivity to the immense literary artistry that craft these narratives. While setting forth the literary and theological significance of these traditions concerning the major figures in these canonical books, i.e. Israel's Kings, this commentary consistently trains our attention upon the minor characters also resident in these stories. Fixing upon these individuals as well as the prophets, the exegetical discussion often discloses how God's Word is embodied and made known by those we might least expect. While steadfastly avoiding analogical readings, the theological and ethical exposition skillfully engage the reader by amplifying the resonances in these texts echoing in our own world today.
"Hens-Piazza's commentary is a lively and engaging work, fun to read. She breathes new life into the commentary form. In one pithy chapter after another, she confronts the reader with all the major issues and important points, in clear and nontechnical language. Every chapter yields rich insights to the novice and the scholar. Her approach is literary, but she demonstrates acute awareness of the historical and textual issues as well. 1-2 Kings come alive in her analysis. Commentaries are not written to be read straight through, and Hens-Piazza's chapters each stand alone. But her commentary also reads well from beginning to end, as a complex story."
--David Penchansky, St. Thomas University
"This is a ground breaking new narrative interpretation of 1-2 Kings, written with a clear and discerning eye for the ironies, clashing commitments, and ethical ambiguities of the story. Hens-Piazza’s gift for asking just the right questions of the text results in a commentary rich in theological and ethical insight. She highlights the demands that this biblical text makes of readers and draws valuable insights for ministry in the church and the contemporary world. The book is a uniquely illuminating account of the narrative and theological world created by 1-2 Kings, highly recommended for students, pastors, and scholarly readers."
--Harold C. Washington, Saint Paul School of Theology
"In 1-2 Kings, Hens-Piazza provides a clear, well-written commentary about these rather eclectic texts. Through her careful reading of the stories of Israel and Judah’s kings, Hens-Piazza illuminates how these accounts combine to serve the larger social, political, and theological purposes of the Deuteronomist. On the basis of these literary insights, Hens-Piazza suggests helpful ways in which the issues addressed in 1-2 Kings continue to have significance today. I recommend this useful, compact commentary to students and pastors alike."
Mark K. George, Iliff School of Theology
"Because of its silky-smooth writing and clarity of method, this book will make a splendid resource for the classroom. But its original insights into the stories of kings and the consequences of their ambitions will give this work a central place among commentaries on Kings and influence interpretation other biblical narratives."
--Kathleen M. O'Connor, Columbia Theological Seminary