Notes on the Hebrew Text of the Book of Kings by C.F. Burney

Notes on the Hebrew Text of the Book of Kings by C.F. Burney 1
Solomon greeting the Queen of Sheba – gate of Florence Baptistry. Source: Wikipedia

Rev. Charles Fox Burney [1868–1925] was a lecturer in Hebrew at the University of Oxford, becoming Oriel Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture in 1914. This work is effectively a commentary on the Hebrew text of the Books of 1 & 2 Kings.

I had thought, once again, that I would save time by using an on-line text, but on closer examination the one I had chosen had missing and blurred pages and took extra work to correct.

Charles Fox Burney [1868-1925], Notes on the Hebrew Text of the Book of Kings with an Introduction and Notes. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1903. Hbk. pp.384. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Structure of Kings
  2. Characteristics of the Chief Ancient Versions of Kings
  3. The Synchrinisms of the Compiler

List of Abbreviations

Notes on 1 Kings

Notes on 2 Kings

Appendix:

  1. Inscription of Mesha’, King of Moab
  2. The Siloam Inscription
  3. Inscription of the Monolith of Shalmanezer II, II. 78-102
  4. Fragment of the Annals of Shalmeneser II. Descriptive Inscription from the Obleish of Shalmanser
  5. Narrative of Sennacherib’s Third Campaign (B.C. 701) from the Taylor Cylinder, Col. II. I. 34-Col. III.I.41

Additions

Index

Introduction: The Structure of Kings

The fact that Kings, like the other historical books of the Old Testament, is based upon pre-existing written sources is universally recognized; and the evidence upon which this elementary proposition is based need not here be set forth. That the main editor or compiler of these sources was a Deuteronomist, i.e. that his work was inspired by the religious revival which took place in the eighteenth year of Josiah (B.C. 621) under the influence of the newly discovered book of Deuteronomy, appears both from his religious standpoint and from his phraseology. This editor is therefore hereinafter cited under the symbol RD (Deuteronomic Redactor).

To RD is due the stereotyped form into which the introduction and conclusion of a reign is thrown, and which constitutes, as it were, the framework upon which the narrative as a whole is built. The regularity of the method of RO in the construction of this framework is worthy of special notice.

Commentaries on the Books of Kings

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The First Book of Kings.One of my aims in 2018 is to make available more biblical commentaries. Here are four on the books of first and second Kings; two short, two long. Colour maps are included, enhanced as much as possible to overcome the fading in the originals. All are in the public domain.

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The First Book of Kings. J.J.S. Perowne, gen.ed., The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1896. Hbk. pp.248. [Click to download in PDF]

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The First Book of Kings with Map, Introduction and Notes. The Smaller Cambridge Bible for Schools. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1891. Hbk. pp.144. [Click to download in PDF]

Joseph Rawson Lumby [1831-1895], The Second Book of Kings. J.J.S. Perowne, gen.ed., The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1897. Hbk. pp.267. [Click to download in PDF]

Winfred Oldfield Burrows [1858-1929], The Second Book of Kings with Introduction, Notes and Maps. Rivington’s Books of the Bible. London: Rivingtons, 1910. Hbk. pp.118. [Click to download in PDF]

For more resources on the books of Kings click here.

Expository & Devotional Study of the Life of Elisha

Elisha raising the Shunammites Son. Source: Wikipedia
Elisha raising the Shunammites Son. Source: Wikipedia

Alexander Stewart’s study of the life of Elisha reminds me very much of A.W. Pink’s book on Elijah which was published 30 years or so later. My thanks to Book Aid’s London Bookshop for providing me with a copy to digitise. This title is in the public domain.

Alexander Stewart [1870-1937], A Prophet of Grace. An Expository & Devotional Study of the Life of Elisha. Edinburgh: W.F. Henderson, [1925]. Hbk. pp.268. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

  • Introduction
  1. The Call to Office
  2. The Equipment for the Work
  3. The Quest of the Strong Men
  4. The Healing of the Waters
  5. The Judgment of Bethel
  6. Elisha and the Kings
  7. The Widow’s Cruse
  8. The Raising of the Shunammite’s Son
  9. The Poisoned Pottage
  10. The Man from Baal-Shalisha
  11. Naaman and the Jewish Maid
  12. Naaman and Elisha
  13. Elisha and Gehazi
  14. The Iron that Swam
  15. Elisha in Dothan
  16. The Scoffer’s Doom
  17. The Lamb Take the Prey
  18. The Restored Inheritance
  19. Carrying om Elijah’s Work
  20. Thr Arrow of the Lord’s Deliverance
  21. The Final Victory

Preface

The following pages deal with a portion of the Old Testament Scriptures which can scarcely be supposed to offer any special attraction to the modern mind, and which therefore, as a matter of fact, is to a great extent neglected alike by preachers and by. writers on Bible themes. It is indeed not too much to say. that in many quarters to-day the claim that the recorded events of the life of Elisha should be regarded as serious history would be dismissed with a derisive smile as the survival of a discredited doctrine of Scripture. This attitude is of course due to the miraculous element which occupies so large a place in the narrative. In an age when a daring challenge is being offered to the miracles of Jesus Christ Himself, it is hardly to be expected that the marvels associated with a shadowy figure which looms out from the mists of a much more distant past should be accepted as literal historical happenings. [Continue reading]

Further resources on this biblical character can found on this page.