donderdag 21 februari 2013

Review of: Gina Hens-Piazza, 1-2 Kings (AOTC), Abingdon Press, 2006; in: Interpretation

Gina Hens-Piazza, 1-2 Kings (AOTC), Abingdon Press, 2006

Review in: Interpretation 2007 61: 333
Review door: Richard D. Nelson
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1-2 Kings
by Gina Hens-Piazza
Abingdon OT Commentaries, Abingdon, Nashville, 2006. 407 pp. $36 00. ISBN 978-0-687-49021-9

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT non-technical road map to Kings, written largely from a literary or narrative perspective. The commentary is completely accessible to the non-specialist. Yet beneath the surface, it evidences Gina Hens-Piazza's extensive and intensive acquaintance with scholarly literature on Kings and the classic problems of the book. Each unit of text (usually one chapter) receives commentary under three headings: Literary Analysis, Exegetical Analysis, and Theological and Ethical Analysis. The Exegetical Analysis sections deal with paragraph-sized subdivisions of the chapter. Narrowly historical questions are disregarded in favor of questions of story and structure. Pastors and teachers will find this a valuable resource. The connections between commentary and application are almost always natural, logical, and unforced. The author's reflections on theological and ethical issues speak to contemporary concerns and do not always take the most obvious or predictably conventional route. The theological arena is confined to the thought-world of the OT and the contemporary dilemmas of human existence, without excursions into NT or specifically Christian concerns. The writing style is straightforward and undemanding, almost novelistic at points.

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