The Land and Its Kings: 1-2 Kings (Paperback)

The Land and Its Kings: 1-2 Kings By Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos Cover Image

The Land and Its Kings: 1-2 Kings (Paperback)


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In The Land and Its Kings biblical scholar Johanna van Wijk-Bos accompanies the reader across a large sweep of the story of Israel, from the end of King David's reign through the fall of Jerusalem approximately 400 years later. She views these memories of Israel's past, as they are woven together in Kings, from the perspective of the traumatic context of postexilic Judah.

Van Wijk-Bos writes as a scholar of the Bible with deep commitments to feminism and issues of gender within patriarchal structures and ideologies. The voices and presence of women in the accounts receive special attention.

As in the previous volumes of A People and a Land, van Wijk-Bos offers a close reading of the Hebrew text in translation to reacquaint readers with the path taken by Israel as the people embraced a form of monarchy, subsequently compromised their allegiance to God, and were ultimately exiled from the land. She presents the multiplicity of voices which the collectors of this material let stand as an essential part of the complex history of their community. Van Wijk-Bos invites readers to enter into the text with questions and to find a way forward to draw closer to the presence of the Most Holy.

Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos taught as Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary from 1977 to 2017. She serves the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) as ordained pastor and is deeply engaged with issues of equity in terms of gender and race. A prolific author, her other books include Making Wise the Simple: The Torah in Christian Faith and Practice and Reading Samuel: A Literary and Theological Commentary.
Product Details ISBN: 9780802877451
ISBN-10: 0802877451
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication Date: July 14th, 2020
Pages: 352
Language: English