Publisher Yale University Press
This book appears in the following featured collections.
- Recommended OT Commentaries by Denver Seminary Journal
- Ultimate Commentary Collection: OT Technical by John Glynn
- Favorite Advanced OT Commentaries by Jeremy Pierce (parableman)
- Top Old Testament Commentaries by Crux Sola (Nijay Gupta's Blog)
- Commentaries by Jewish Scholars by Matt Quintana
Cogan and Tadmor have expertise in Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History. These commentaries are the standard reference works on both the Hebrew text of 1–2 Kings and the history that stands behind it. [Full Review]
Cogan's work pays careful attention to the 1 Kings text and is probably the best technical commentary in English on the book to date. It is clear and well-written. Until the 1 Kings commentaries come out in the Hermeneia and NICOT series, this is probably the best choice for a pastor or scholar who needs an in-depth, historical and grammatical commentary. Cogan also interacts with other Jewish scholars (ancient and modern) who are often overlooked by Christian scholars. I combine this with Leithart's excellent theological commentary on 1/2 Kings where he continually and brilliantly looks at the OT through the lens of Jesus Christ.
Cogan and Tadmore together wrote the volume on 2 Kings; a decade later Cogan alone produced the volume on 1 Kings. Mathison both commends them and warns of their weakness: “These commentaries are written from a somewhat critical perspective and should be used with care, but the author’s knowledge of the ancient Near Eastern context makes these works very helpful for those interested in more technical commentaries.” [Full Review]
Cogan and Tadmor co-wrote the volume on 2 Kings in 1988. Years later, in 2001, the commentary on 1 Kings was published. The volume on 1 Kings was written by Cogan alone. These commentaries are written from a somewhat critical perspective and should be used with care, but the author's knowledge of the ancient Near Eastern context makes these works very helpful for those interested in more technical commentaries. [Full Review]
Thorough discussion of the textual, critical, and archaeological problems and data. [Full Review]