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The kings and their gods : the pathology of power

Author: Daniel Berrigan
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., ©2008.
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Genre/Form: Commentaries
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Berrigan
ISBN: 9780802860439 0802860435
OCLC Number: 180989480
Description: ix, 202 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: First book of Kings --
Who shall inherit the grand years of David? (chs. 1-4) --
Solomon enthroned (ch. 1) --
"Blood will have blood" (2:1-11) --
"The wisdom of Solomon" (2:12-46) --
Dreams and shadows of dreams (ch. 3) --
The apotheosis of empire (ch. 4) --
Stone upon stone, the king constructs immortality (chs. 5-9) --
The "great pyramid" of Solomon (ch. 5) --
The house of the Lord? (ch. 6) --
A palace fit for a king? (ch. 7) --
The temple dedicated : folly, fiction, obsession (ch. 8) --
The tyrant and the convenient deity (ch. 9) --
From Solomon to Jeroboam : kings run amok (chs. 10-13) --
The king and the queen : wisdom compounded, unconfounded (10:1-13) --
The great king : possessed by possessions (10:14-29) --
Shadows over the empire (11:1-8) --
Enemies and traitors : the decline and fall (11:9-43) --
The seamless cloak, torn (ch. 12) --
No strange gods before me (ch. 13) --
Of kings and their gods : a tale of woe (chs. 14-22) --
Jeroboam and Rehoboam : undone by idols (ch. 14) --
A line of nonentities (chs. 15-16) --
At long last, relief : Elijah the plainspoken (chs. 17-18) --
Elijah and Elisha: God's chosen chooses (ch. 19) --
King Ahab and the deity (chs. 20-21) --
War, and yet again war (ch. 22) --
Second book of Kings --
Of kings and prophets : light and darkness contending (chs. 1:1-6:23) --
Ahaziah : another king falls (ch. 1) --
"My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its driver!" (ch. 2) --
Elisha : a prophet to love and to loathe (chs. 3-4) --
A virtuous duet and a dubious spirit (ch. 5) --
A gift of unexpected mercy (6:1-23) --
Famine and fury : war and its shadows (6:24-17:41) --
The horrid banquet of war (ch. 6) --
A moment's relief : the siege lifted (ch. 7) --
Something terrible beyond telling (ch. 8) --
The blood of kings --
and queens (chs. 9-11) --
A king's greed, a prophet's epitaph (chs. 12-13) --
The spoils of war, continued (chs. 14, 15, 16) --
Exile : the final tragedy (ch. 17) --
Dawn at last : Isaiah and the last days of empire (chs. 18-25) --
Hezekiah : king of contradiction (ch. 18) --
Isaiah : prophet of hope against hope (ch. 19) --
A puzzle of praise for a foolish king (ch. 20) --
Innocent blood on royal hands (ch. 21) --
The scroll : restored for good? (chs. 22-23) --
Light amid the king's dark legacy (chs. 24-25).
Responsibility: Daniel Berrigan.
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