This work deals with 1 and 2 Kings as a unified whole, nestled within its canonical context. This canon presumes the reader has prior knowledge of the entire story of Israel and infers the prophetic and New Testament writings. It is examined here as narrative literature with historic and geographic intent, designed to teach its readers about God and the ways of God. The author masterfully draws the reader’s attention to recurring themes in Kings, such as God’s promise and its fulfillment. Provan has succeeded in making Kings a more accessible book.
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- Title: Sheffield Old Testament Guides: 1 & 2 Kings
- Author: Iain W. Provan
- Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
- Publication Date: 1997
- Pages: 120
About Iain W. Provan
Iain W. Provan is Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies (OT) at Regent College, B.C., Canada. He received his B.A. from London Bible College in Theology, his M.A. at Glasgow University in Mediaeval History and Archeology, and his Ph.D. from Cambridge. Provan has written numerous articles and several books, including commentaries on Lamentations, 1 and 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, and he co-authored A Biblical History of Israel with Phil Long and Tremper Longman.