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Berit Olam: 2 Kings Hardcover – April 1, 2000
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Furthermore post-modern imperatives of radical individualism, deification of children, radical [psuedo] inclucsivism find this book problematic at a surface (suspicious) reading. Therefore rather than succumb to a Marcionite temptations I decided 2 years ago to spend 15-20 minutes per day for the following 3 years reading the text and a commentary to acquire some sort of understanding of Kings to live by with confidence.
I found Cohn's (1999) book not near as profitable as Walsh's (1996) treatment of 1 Kings from the same series; even though they both approached the text from a narrative critical approach Walsh's examination seemed a lot more thoroughgoing and I appreciated his more numerous theological reflections.
I am reading Nelson's (1987) commentary for the 2nd time - Cohn's treatment seems to offer little that this does not. I have read Leithart's (2006) theological commentary and found it to be an excellent companion to Walsh & Nelson's works.
Lastly, some of the moral questions asked of post-modern readers of 'Kings are helpfully addressed by Copan's 2011 title 'Is God a Moral Monster' - an excellent read.
However some questions still remain; Cohn alludes to that ongoing dialogue both the original hearer/reader & ourselves have with the text & its principle character.