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Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel 2nd Edition by Eugene H. Merrill, ISBN-13: 978-0801031991



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Baker Academic; 2nd edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 554 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0801031990
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0801031991
Kingdom of Priests provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of Old Testament Israel. Now updated and revised, this volume addresses and interacts with current debates in the history of ancient Israel, offering an up-to-date articulation of a conservative evangelical position on historical matters. The text is accented with nearly twenty maps and charts.

Kingdom of Priests has served several generations of students and colleagues with distinction, so it is with delight that I welcome this second edition. Judiciously updated throughout, its most important improvement is the engagement of recent historiographical discussions, including a burgeoning literature among evangelicals. I am pleased to recommend it.”–David M. Howard, professor of Old Testament, Bethel Seminary

“The second edition of Eugene Merrill’s now classic Kingdom of Priests is a model of the seamless relationship of Old Testament history and theology. While technically a history of Israel, updated and refurbished by the latest biblical research, this book illustrates by its structure, style, and content that OT history was written for theological purposes. But history is not the unwitting servant of theology; rather, they stand alongside one another as co-servants of the message of redemption.”–C. Hassell Bullock, professor emeritus of Hebrew Bible, Wheaton College

“In Kingdom of Priests, Eugene Merrill follows a sound methodology that uses explicitly stated and well-reasoned principles in analyzing Old Testament events. He demonstrates how the ‘facts’ of Old Testament history emerge only after sound hermeneutics that give attention to issues of style, genre, and rhetorical strategies are applied to the biblical text. Merrill provides historical background for each biblical book and period of Israel’s history and gives up-to-date information from extrabiblical sources regarding nations and rulers with whom Israel often found itself in conflict. This work is a crowning achievement of a distinguished career devoted to the study of Old Testament history and is destined to become the standard evangelical treatment of biblical history for decades to come.”–Mark F. Rooker, senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the Author

Eugene H. Merrill (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Columbia University) is distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also distinguished professor of Old Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Old Testament scholar in residence at Criswell College. Merrill is the author of a number of books, including A Historical Survey of the Old Testament, Everlasting Dominion: A Theology of the Old Testament, and a commentary on Deuteronomy.


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