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Commentary on The Second Book of Kings

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1.1–10.36 : The climax of the religious crisis.

Further materials (chs. 1–2; 8–10 ) relevant to the religious crisis of the ninth century are arranged around a collection of miracle stories about Elisha (chs. 3–7 ). See 1 Kgs. 17.1–2 Kgs. 10.36 n.

1.1–18 : Elijah condemns Ahaziah.

Two prophetic legends (vv. 2–8, 16–17 and vv. 9–15 ) are merged; compare vv. 9–15 with 1 Sam. 19.18–24 and vv. 2–8, 16–17 with 1 Kgs. 14.1–18 .

1 :

This verse, here apparently misplaced by a copyist, is repeated in 3.5 .

2 :

Baal-zebub, meaning “lord of flies,” is a distorted, contemptuous alteration of Baal-zebul, “Baal the Prince.”

9–14 :

Elijah has heavenly fire at his disposal; Samuel, in a similar situation, employed only prophetic ecstasy, 1 Sam. 19.18–24 .

17 :

The Deuteronomic emphasis on the fulfillment of the prophetic word continues; see also 1 Kgs. 17.24 . The chronological data of 1.17 and 3.1 are inconsistent.

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