1 Kings is a continuation of a narrative of the history of Israel which begins in 1 Samuel and continues through into 1 & 2 Kings. While we so often struggle with the events and issues of the book of 1st Kings, Ralph Davis helps us to see how we can apply it to the contemporary settings of the 21st century. As usual Ralph Davis uses pastoral application and laces it with his own sense of humor.
About the Author
Dale Ralph Davis is pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Previously he was Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. He has also written in this series on Joshua, Judges, 2nd Kings, 1st Samuel and 2nd Samuel.
The range of scholarship is extraordinary (is there any learned book or paper on First Kings that this writer has not winkled out?). His humor and humanity, plus a priceless American-style turn of phrase, add relish to the dish. Here is a safe and strong pair of hands to guide new, and older, readers through the treasure - and the uninspiring bits of First Kings.
Robust - that's the word...a robust understanding, defence, explanation and application of First Kings as the Word of God. Here is no 'First Kings in my own words' - the boring, fruitless fate of most commentaries on Bible History - but a delicious feast of truth, proof that the ancients were right to call the historians 'prophets'.
...this exposition enables the contemporary reader to breathe the air of I Kings, re-live its challenges, and above all, to encounter personally the god who speaks and acts throughout its pages. This is a book to unsettle spiritual complacency and challenge us to a deep integrity in our relationship with the living God.