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xvi  Introduction subsequently to Jehoiachins death, whenever that may have occurred. Agreeable to such an exilic date as is implied by the last two chapters of 2 Kings are certain passages in the body of the work which seem to presuppose the captivity of Judah. These are I. 11. 3 9 ; II. 17. 1 9 , 2 0 ; 23. 26, 2 7 , and perhaps, though not so clearly, I. 9. 7 - 9 ; II. 20. 17, 1 8 ; 21. 1 0 - 1 5 ; 22. 1 5 - 2 0 ; cf. notes ad loc. To these we may add the reference in I. 5. 4 to Solomons dominion as extending over all the kings  beyond the River, a statement which, as referring to the country west of the Euphrates, implies that the writer is living in Babylon on the east side of the river ( cf. note on ΊΓΉΠ Ί 2 & p. 49). On the other hand, there are certain indications which show that the main editing of Kings by RD must have taken place prior to the decay and fall of the Judaean monarchy. Chief among these is the use of the phrase  unto this day ( ΠΪΠ QVn 1])) in the statement that the condition of affairs which the writer is describing continues to exist up to the time of writing. If this phrase always or most frequently occurred in the course of lengthy narratives excerpted by RD from his sources, there might be room for the theory that a statement which was true as it stood in the old pre- exilic narratives had, through oversight on the part of an exilic editor, been allowed to stand after, through changed conditions, it had lost its force, or rather had become untrue and misleading. But, as a matter of fact, the expression is employed in connexion with terse statements of facts derived from the Annals, and in such cases can be due to no other hand than that of R D himself, who, in using the phrase, either formulates his own statement, or intelligently admits a statement which he is able to verify. The cases of the use of  unto this day which should be noticed as implying the continued existence of the kingdom of Judah are the following:— I. 8. 8 ( the ends of the staves of the ark still to be seen projecting from the Adytum into the Holy Place); 9. 2 1 ( the Canaanites still subjected by Israel to forced labour, as they had been under Solomon); 12. 1 9 ( the division between the ten tribes and the house of David still in existence); II. 8, 22 ( Edom still Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index

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Front Matter Title pageCopyright Page Table Of ContentsPREFACEINTRODUCTION 1. Structure of Kings. 2 . Characteristics of the Chief Ancient Versions of Kings. 3. The Synchronisms of the Compiler.LIST OF PRINCIPAL ABBR EVIATIONS EMPLOYED .ContentsNOTES ON I KINGSClose of the history of David. Establishment of Solomon as his successor.History of the reign of Solomon.The vision at Gibeon. Solomons request for wisdomSolomons officers of state. His prosperity and wisdomSolomon's building operations; chiefly, the construction of the Temple and its furnitureSolomon's Second VisionFurther details of Solomon's magnificence and wisdom.Solomon's foreign wives, and his idolatry.Solomon's adversaries; Hadad the Edomite and Rezon the Syrian.History of Jeroboam. Rehoboam's accession and the defection of the ten tribes.Jeroboam's institution of the calf-worship. The prophecy against the altar at Bethel. A brief resumption by RD of the main thread of the history from the end of chapter 12.The sickness and death of Jeroboam's son Abijah.Summary of Jeroboam's reign.Rehoboam, king of Judah.Abijah, king of Judah.Asa, king of JudahBa'asha, king of Israel.Elah, king of Israel.Zimri, king of Israel.Omri, king of Israel. Summary of Ahab's reignJehoshaphat, king of J dah.NOTES ON 2 KINGS Ahaziah, king of Israel.Elisha 'heals' the unwholesome water of Jericho (19 -22), and vindicates his prophetic authority against the insults of children at Bethel (23-25). Elisha makes miraculous provision for the wife of one of the sons of the prophets. Elisha restores to life the son of the Shunammite woman.Elisha causes iron to float.Elisha blinds and captures an Aramaean army.Elisha again assists the Shunammite woman.Elisha's interview with Hazael at Damascus.Ahaziah, king of Judah.Jehu, an officer of the host of Israel, is anointed king at the command of Elisha. He destroys the whole house of Ahab, and extirpates Ba'al-worship from Israel.Summary of Jehus reign: his character and his foreign relations.Introduction by RD to the reign of Jehoash.Measures taken by Jehoash for the repair of the Houseof Yahwe. Closing events of the reign of Jehoash, summarized by RD.Jehoahaz, king of Israel.Jehoash, king of Israel.Amaziah, king of Judah.Jeroboam II, king of Israel.Azariah, king of Judah.Zechariah, king of Israel.Shallum, king of Israel.Menahem, king of Israel.Pekahiah, king of Israel. Pekah, king of Israel. Jotham, king of Judah.Ahaz, king of Judah.Hoshea, king of Israel. Fall of the kingdom. Commentary by RD upon the causes which brought about the downfall of the Northern Kingdom.The foreign settlers in the district of Samaria.Hezekiah, king of Judah. Manasseh, king of Judah. Amon, king of Judah.Josiah, king of Judah. The finding of the Book of the Law, and the religious reformation to which it gave rise. Jehoahaz, king of Judah. Jehoiakim, king of Judah. Jehoiachin, king of Judah. Zedekiah, king of Judah.Destruction of the Temple and City of Jerusalem. Gedaliah, governor of Judah.Kindness shown to the captive Jehoiachin by Evil-Merodach, king of Babylon. Back MatterAPPENDIX1 Inscription of Mesha, king of Moab.2 The Siloam Inscription. 3 Inscription of the Monolith of Shalmaneser II, 11. 78-102. 4 Fragment of the Annals of Shalmaneser II. 5 Narrative of Sennacherib's Third Campaign (B.C. 701), from the Taylor Cylinder, Col. II. 1. 34-Col. III. 1. 41. ADDITIONSINDEXBack Cover
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