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Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel (The Chronicles Series) Hardcover – October 17, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: The Chronicles Series
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (October 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500050953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500050958
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings charts the rise and fall of the leaders of Israel from Abraham to Herod. The first founders of the nation (such as David, Solomon, and Moses) and the prophets who first judged their leadership (such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Elijah) are brought vividly to life, with lavish color maps, time lines, photographs of archaeological treasures, and reproductions of later artists' imaginative renderings of each figure. These features alone make Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings a whiz-bang coffee-table book. In addition, author John Rogerson, a professor of Religious Studies at the University of Sheffield, also provides an accessible, absorbing set of profiles of Israel's leaders. He considers all of the crucial debates in biblical scholarship today: Did the earliest biblical leaders of Israel actually exist? How much can we know about them? And how should that historical knowledge influence our reading of the Bible? Rogerson's intrepid exploration of these questions, presented in such a stylish volume, makes Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings a valuable addition to any library of books about religion.

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John Rogerson, Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield, has written or contributed to many books, including The New Atlas of the Bible, and The Cambridge Companion to the Bible.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Clark on March 27, 2008
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If you are looking for an indepth scholarly analysis or are looking for a faithful summary of what the Bible says do not buy this book.

However, if you are looking for a basic summary of current scholarship on old testament chronology, along with lots of great photos and maps, this is a great book to buy. The text is organized well and the photos really enhance the learning experience. I bought this because I needed to get a very quick summary of the kings and I was not disappointed. I also feel more confident that I would be able to follow a more scholarly treatment of the problems in old testament chronology having read this book.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. A Magill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2001
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This book is simplistic in the extreme. The overviews are cursory and often details given conflict with other scholarship.
I give it three stars for one reason -- it is a useful basic reference. In my research I use it to give me a chronology of the kings and for the maps. Other than that, it is not very worthwhile.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mease on July 11, 2010
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In order to enjoy this book, one must expect a very basic, biographical introduction to Biblical content. To those who have already read the Bible, this is little more than a collection of artwork. However, to one who hasn't read the Bible, it would serve well as an overview of the Bible's content, and the vivid pictures on every page serve to immerse the reader in the various biblical stories. Rogerson also considers recent archaeological theories, and discusses tensions present in biblical studies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Sundel on February 3, 2013
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Rogerson here timelines the Hebrew and Jewish kings that followed after King David first established kingship of the Twelve Tribes. Saul had never achieved this, only uniting about 4.5 Tribes, shakily. So to begin with, Rogerson is slightly off base, crediting Saul with David's accomplishment. Rogerson continues this off-baseness down the line, not clearly defining the evolutionary course of the religion or Hebrew Scriptures, as defined by Wellhausen in the well-accepted Developmental Theory. What he does accomplish is a very workable and handy timeline after David, where Scriptures itself becomes a mishmash about the king list and its possible timeline. For this headwork, he has given us a valuable guide to an obscure king list of Judaic civilization, that created the foundation of 3 world-moving religions and its best-seller Holy Book that Christianity accepted as its own at the Council of Nicea. But it is more of an outsider's view looking for limited answers, than an insider's view who commands his subject. He has left out many essentials, such as the division between the Judaic king list and the Edomite-Idumaean one imposed upon Judea by Rome. More importantly, he has left out the Hadrian Holocaust, and how Judaism survived it largely through self-perpetuating Judaic dynamic colonies in Babylon, Alexandria and Rome with backflow to a Judaically devastated and Roman-corrupted Jerusalem. There is a critical difference between David, who created the first Hebrew nation, and who persecuted and exiled no one, and the Roman-imposed tyrant Herod the so-called Great, a kind of proto-Saddam Hussein of his time.

In short, this is a limited perspective that bypasses some essentials of the story it is telling.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Derrick on December 4, 2006
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This book is for those with open minds that are interested in the material of the ancient kings of Israel. It is not intended to be a religious or Biblical text so those who purchase it believing it is just that are going to be disappointed, offended, etc. Considering the low ratings shown here that are based on that, the potential buyer should be aware of this and that the use of the term "secular" appears to be a put down of a non-religious work that some believe should be dealt with only from a religious perspective.

I happily recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Hayes on September 6, 2013
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So I purchased this book and find it fascinating to read, this is got to be in your study books if you like to read the bible like I do. I find it very well written and gives the reader a well rounded view of each king and his reign.
This is a must for all the folks who enjoy reading the bible as I do .
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