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1 Kings: The Wisdom And the Folly - Focus on the Bible?Series (Davis)

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1 Kings is a continuation of a narrative of the history of Israel which begins in 1 Samuel and continues through into 1 & 2 Kings.

While we so often struggle with the events and issues of the book of 1st Kings, Ralph Davis helps us to see how it we can apply to the contemporary settings of the 21st century. As usual Ralph Davis uses pastoral application and laces it with his own sense of humour. He is noted for tackling scholarship head on.

Table of Contents:

Part 1 – The Golden Age

1. Kingdom, Kingdom, Who’s Got the Kingdom? (1 Kings 1)

2. How Can a Kingdom Be Safe? (1 Kings 2)

3. To Have a Hearing Heart (1 Kings 3)

4. The Wisdom Regime (1 Kings 4)

5. House Plans (1 Kings 5)

6. Construction Report (1 Kings 6)

7. Interior Decorating (1 Kings 7)

8. What God Has Joined Together (1 Kings 8)

9. Surveying the Construction (1 Kings 9)

10. A Light to the Nations (1 Kings 10)

11. You Have Le Your First Love (1 Kings 11)

Part 2: The Torn Kingdom

12. Kingdom Crud (1 Kings 12:1-24)

13. Bootleg Religion (1 Kings 12:25-33)

14. A Tale of Two Prophets (1 Kings 13)

15. The Beginning Has Been the Beginning of the End (1 Kings 14:1-20)

16. A Lamp in Jerusalem (1 Kings 14:21–15:24)

17. Evil Men in the Hand of a Good God (1 Kings 15:25–16:7)

18. We Three Kings (1 Kings 16:8-28)

19. Antichrist Casts His Shadow (1 Kings 16:29–17:1)

20. The Beginning of a God War (1 Kings 17:2-16)

21. Dare We Trust God? (1 Kings 17:17-24)

22. Will the Real God Please Stand Up? (1 Kings 18:1-40)

23. In Prayer and on the Run (1 Kings 18:41-46)

24. Shall the Psychotherapists Win? (1 Kings 19:1-18)

25. Leaving the Farm (1 Kings 19:19-21)

26. Getting Clear about God (1 Kings 20)

27. Getting Clear about God’s Justice (1 Kings 21)

28. Getting Clear about God’s Word (1 Kings 22:1-40)

29. The Folly and the Folly (1 Kings 22:41-53) 


"... It is all very readable, clear and not inaccessibly transatlantic. There are a subject index, a persons index, and a Bible persons index. Refreshing and recommended." - The Churchman Journal

"... The author has a clear grasp of both the text and of contemporary scholarship, yet presents a commentary which is not only readable but witty, and share in application. The commentary chapters are each little sermons, with headings ready-made. The section on Jeroboam's golden calves is entitled "Bootleg Religion" and its three headings are: The Need for False Religion, The Subtlety of False Religion, The Stupidity of False Religion. It is almost too tempting for the preacher to follow this pattern rather than preach his own sermon! But these books should not be restricted only to preachers. They are very helpful commentaries for the general reader and for devotional use." - Reformation Today

"... The joy for all who would turn to these pages is simply that they bring Old Testament history out of Israel's past and into the church's present in a most distinctive manner. They are bound to refresh, enthuse, solemnize and bless." - The Banner of Truth Magazine

"‘Robust' - that's the word ...a robust understanding, defence, explanation and application of First Kings as the Word of God. Here is no ‘First Kings in my own words' - the boring, fruitless fate of most commentaries on Bible History - but a delicious feast of truth, proof that the ancients were right to call the historians ‘prophets'." - Alec Motyer, Well known Bible expositor and commentary writer.


Dale Ralph Davis is pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Previously he was Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.