1 & 2 Kings: A Commentary (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary) by William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament

By William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus Walter Brueggemann

The outdated testomony presents mainly robust methods of considering and seeing. Brueggemann considers the artistry of one & 2 Kings because it mediates among heritage and religion. He has spent a long time engaged with the artistry and mind's eye of the outdated testomony, thinking about the methods of energy in church and society and he makes transparent that these problems with strength within the historical texts nonetheless pertain to modern occasions. whole with searchable CD-ROM

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The narrator pays considerable attention to the temple as an indicator of Yahweh’s inclination toward the city. (3) It is unmistakably evident, however, that the temple is a penultimate agenda for the narrator, for in the end, it is Torah that primarily occupies the interpretive energy of the narrative. The Torah—presumably the teaching tradition of Deuteronomy—is the norm and measure of what is good and evil in the public process. Indeed, 1 and 2 Kings are a Torah-focused assessment of the royal history.

The entire process is sanctioned by David who, in the feebleness of his bedridden state, provides a Yahwistic endorsement of it all (1:48). Nathan’s question is answered. Bathsheba’s alleged vow from David is enacted. Jerusalem’s throne is redeployed. It is a done deal. The public report is followed by a response of profound fear (1:49-53). The crowd disperses frantically (1:49). Nobody wants to be seen in public with Adonijah. But the narrator is not interested in the crowd. The object of attention is Adonijah.

In the present case, it is clear that the narrative about Solomon in vv. 11-40 is the decisively important part of the narrative. It begins with the intrigue of Nathan and Bathsheba in v. 11 and it concludes with the public acclamation of the new king in vv. 39-40. But the dramatic tension of the narrative depends upon the Solomonic account of anointing being situated in the midst of the Adonijah narrative. In vv. 5-10 Adonijah assertively takes the initiative toward the throne, and in vv. 41-53 Adonijah must deal with the fearful residue of Solomon’s achievement.

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