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Kingdom of Priests


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Preface to the Second Edition
1. Recalling Israel's Past: Issues and Strategies
Preliminary Considerations
The History of Israel and Historiography
The Old Testament as Historiography
2. Origins
Israel at Moab
The Purpose of Torah
The Story of the Patriarchs
3. The Exodus: Birth of a Nation
The Meaning of the Exodus
The Historical Setting of the Exodus
The Date of the Exodus
The Dates and Length of the Egyptian Sojourn
Patriarchal Chronology
The Wilderness Wandering
4. The Conquest and Occupation of Canaan
The Land as Promise Fulfillment
The Ancient Near Eastern World
The 'apiru and the Conquest
The Strategy of Joshua
The Date of Joshua's Conquest
The Campaign against the Anakim
Alternative Models of the Conquest and Occupation
The Tribal Allotments
The Second Covenant Renewal at Shechem
5. The Era of the Judges: Covenant Violation, Anarchy, and Human Authority
The Literary-Critical Problem in Judges
The Chronology of Judges
The Ancient Near Eastern World
The Judges of Israel
The Bethlehem Trilogy
6. Saul: Covenant Misunderstanding
The Demand for Kingship
The Chronology of the Eleventh Century
The Selection of Saul
The First Challenge to Saul
The Decline of Saul
Theological Considerations
The Rise of David
7. David: Covenant Kingship
The Lack of Nationhood before David
David at Hebron
Chronicles and Theological History
Jerusalem the Capital
The Establishment of David's Power
An Introduction to a Davidic Chronology
8. David: The Years of Struggle
Egypt and Israelite Independence
The Ammonite Wars
The Beginning of David's Domestic Troubles
Jerusalem as Cult Center
The Rebellion of Absalom
David's Efforts at Reconciliation
Additional Troubles
David's Plan for a Temple
The Solomonic Succession
The Davidic Bureaucracy
9. Solomon: From Pinnacle to Peril
Problems of Transition
The Failure of the Opposition to Solomon
The Conclave at Gibeon
International Relations
The Building Projects of Solomon
Cracks in the Solomonic Empire
Solomonic Statecraft
Spiritual and Moral Apostasy
Solomon and the Nature of Wisdom
10. The Divided Monarchy
The Roots of National Division
The Immediate Occasion of National Division
The Reign of Rehoboam
The Reign of Jeroboam
The Pressure of Surrounding Nations
Abijah of Judah
Asa of Judah
The Reemergence of Assyria
Nadab of Israel
The Dynasty of Baasha of Israel
Omri of Israel
Jehoshaphat of Judah
Ahab of Israel
The Threat of Assyria
Ahab's Successors
The Anointing of Hazael of Damascus
Jehoram of Judah
The Anointing of Jehu
11. The Dynasty of Jehu and Contemporary Judah
The Reign of Jehu of Israel
Athaliah of Judah
The Role of Other Nations
Joash of Judah
Jehoahaz of Israel
The International Scene
Jehoash of Israel
Amaziah of Judah
Jeroboam II of Israel
Uzziah of Judah
The Ministry of the Prophets
12. The Rod of Yahweh: Assyria and Divine Wrath
Factors Leading to Israel's Fall
The End of the Dynasty of Jehu
Assyria and Tiglath-pileser III
Menahem of Israel
The Last Days of Israel
The Impact of Samaria's Fall
Judah and the Fall of Samaria
Hezekiah of Judah
The Viewpoint of the Prophets
13. Fading Hope: The Disintegration of Judah
The Legacy of Hezekiah
Manasseh of Judah
Amon of Judah
The International Scene: Assyria and Egypt
Josiah of Judah
The Fall of Jerusalem
The Prophetic Witness
14. The Exile and the First Return
An Introductory Overview
The World Situation during the Exile
The Jewish People during the Exile
The World Situation during the Period of Restoration
The First Return
Problems Following the Return
Encouragement from the Prophets
15. Restoration and New Hope
The Persian Influence
Subsequent Returns: Ezra and Nehemiah
Malachi the Prophet

About the Author

Victor H. Matthews (PhD, Brandeis University) is associate dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Old Testament Turning Points, Manners and Customs in the Bible, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis-Deuteronomy, The Old Testament: Text and Context, and A Brief History of Ancient Israel.

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