“Enriching and Relateable”. These are the words you will be thinking when you finish “The Message of Kings” by John W. Olley, as it is one of the most well written books on 1 and 2 Kings that I have had the privilege of reading. This book is parts of the ever-growing series called “The Bible Speaks Today”, produced by IVP Academic. “The Bible Speaks Today” is a thoroughly Evangelical series which serves as an introduction as well as practicality explaining the Books of 1 and 2 Kings through a thoroughly Evangelical perspective.
In the introduction, with regard to the dating of Kings, Olley argues well for an early date while, briefly, against critical arguments for older dating. His arguments systematically destroy any critical arguments that have been put forth to this time. His arguments are up today and even focus on the most critical and modern viewpoints, even ones that have just recently been published.
Olley’s is a excellent old testament exegete specifically and when it comes to the period of the kings in Israel and Judah, it shines in this volume. Olley makes sure that the reader is getting an important look into the culture of the day and its influence on the text. Through this process Olley brings about conclusions which are gold for any pastor preaching exegetically through the Books of 1 and 2 Kings.
Through exegeting the narrative portions of 1 and 2 Kings, Olley demonstrates why he is one of the greatest Old Testament scholar of the modern age, which makes this introduction to the Books of 1 and 2 Kings a must-read by pastors preaching or Layman teaching through the Books of 1 and 2 Kings either in the Pulpit or in the Sunday School room. I highly recommend this volume as an aid in either of these circumstances.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
The Message of Esther (BST)
© 2012 by John W. Olley
Publisher: IVP Academic
Page Count: 378 Pages