Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel

I published a book review of “Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel.

“The Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings, written by John Rogerson, professor of biblical studies emeritus at the University of Sheffield, provides an accessible and engaging academic summary treatment of the major leaders found in the biblical text. The target audience is the general, interested reader. Biblical scholars would likely not turn to this as a source book for their own research. But for the arm-chair hobbyist it could be a valuable addition to one’s collection. The book has been artfully designed. Over 260 illustrations and images (including images of ancient artifacts) are thoughtfully and strategically placed throughout the book to accompany the text and enhance the reading. The artwork depicting ancient leaders or biblical events is drawn from diverse artistic genres (Byzantine, Renaissance, Neo-Classical, etc.). In addition to illustrations and images, side bar call-outs provide focus and insight on topics of interest. Even though the title of the book highlights Old Testament kings, this book reviews many notable ancient Israelite leaders who do not fit the definition of an Old Testament king either because they were not a king or they lived after the time period of the Old Testament. Hence, in addition to Old Testament kings, the book discusses ancient Israelite ancestral leaders (such as the patriarchs, Moses, Joshua, and the Judges) as well as the rulers of Israel during the 2nd temple period (such as the Hasmoneans and Herod the Great).”

About Taylor Halverson

I love learning. I love connecting. I love interdisciplinarity.
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