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P R E F A C E T H E aim of the present work is to provide a critical and grammatical commentary upon the Hebrew text of Kings, after the model of Dr. Drivers Notes on the Hebrew Text of the Books of Samuel. In writing the Notes, the needs of beginners in the study of the Hebrew lan-guage have been prominent in my mind, and so I have endeavoured to deal with some fulness with questions of grammar, while at the same time making reference to the best authorities upon the subject. For the purposes of textual criticism it has seemed worth while to utilize as largely as might be the evidence of the Versions. Thus, as far as possible, all variants and additions of the Versions have been cited, where it may reasonably be supposed that these form original elements of the text from which the Version in question was made; upon the view that such readings are worthy of record, even where no definite verdict can be passed as to their value in relation to the Massoretic text. The structure of Kings, and the characteristics of the various sources of the work, have also been dealt with in brief. The Appendix contains the more important contemporary inscriptions which throw light upon the narrative of Kings. In making use of the work of my predecessors in the same field, I trust that I have in every case made acknowledgement of my obligations. I feel, however, that special acknowledgement is due to Prof B. Stade for the 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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