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Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series: 2 Kings (FOTL)
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Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series: 2 Kings (FOTL)


Eerdmans 1991

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Long views 1–2 Kings as a substantially unified written work of historiography, produced during the Babylonian exile. Hence he begins his detailed form-critical commentary on 2 Kings where he left off in his volume on 1 Kings. Following the series format, Long discusses the text of 2 Kings unit by unit and integrates his form-critical work with a discussion of the book’s literary art (e.g., style, metaphor, imagery) to expose “the narrative genius which awakens imaginative response in the reader.”

Praise for the Print Edition

Burke O. Long completes his insightful exposition of ancient Israel’s great history document in adding this volume on 2 Kings to his earlier volume on 1 Kings. As a masterful interpreter of the shape and intent of Scripture, he has few equals. More than anything else, his two volumes demonstrate the central importance of the innovative type of analysis promoted by the FOTL series within the expanding discipline of biblical exegesis.

—Simon J. De Vries, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Burke Long has written a shrewd, discerning, and comprehensive study that will become an enduring point of reference for future study. It is evident that Long knows all the literature in a thorough and masterful way. He is, moreover, intentional about method, and works his method with power and insight. . . . His book is a model for mobilizing detail into a sensible and illuminating whole.

—Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series: 2 Kings (FOTL)
  • Author: Burke Long
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 338

About Burke Long

Burke Long is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religion and the Humanities Emeritus at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. In addition to contributing to many journals, he is the author of The Problem of Etiological Narrative in the Old Testament.

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