The Fate of the Man of God from Judah

A Literary and Theological Reading of 1 Kings 13

By Man Hee Yoon

Foreword by Christopher Seitz

The Fate of the Man of God from Judah

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  • ISBN: 9781725250833
  • Pages: 186
  • Publication Date: 1/21/2020
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The Fate of the Man of God from Judah

A Literary and Theological Reading of 1 Kings 13

By Man Hee Yoon

Foreword by Christopher Seitz

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  • ISBN: 9781725250833
  • Pages: 186
  • Publication Date: 1/21/2020
  • Retail Price: $24.00
Web Price: $19.20
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An old prophet of Bethel lies to the man of God from Judah, only to lead him to disobey God’s command and to die as a result. The man of God is killed for disobedience, while the old prophet lives on and eventually even benefits from the death (2 Kgs 23:18). Why did God punish his prophet who was deceived, not the one who deceived? The text keeps silent about this as well as about the motive of the old prophet’s lying.



This strange story takes up a big portion of the Jeroboam narrative (1 Kgs 11–14). For what purpose would the narrator have included the story in his coverage of Israel’s history during the reign of King Jeroboam? Does this story have any relevance to the rise and fall of the first king of the northern kingdom? If so, how?



As it untangles the difficult details of the story, this book reveals the narrator’s perspective on the way God intervened in the history of Israel and focuses on the suffering that God’s prophets sometimes had to undergo as bearers of God’s words.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Among the more enigmatic chapters in the Deuteronomistic history is 1 Kings 13, with the explosion of Jeroboam’s altar followed by a lion’s attack on the itinerant man of God from Judah. Man Hee Yoon’s timely dissertation on this text provides an up-to-date bibliography and helpful exegetical work for all interested researchers.”

—Keith Bodner, Professor of Religious Studies, Crandall University



“Yoon’s close narrative and theological reading of 1 Kings 13 take us to the heart of one of the most provocative and intriguing stories in the Old Testament story. Yoon opens up this vexing story about a man of God from Judah and the old-line prophet that has intrigued readers throughout history in a fresh way. He not only explains the story in a convincing way but calls readers to serious theological and ethical reflections upon the issues raised by story.”

—Marion Ann Taylor, Professor of Old Testament, Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto

Contributors-

Man Hee Yoon
Christopher Seitz

Bio(s)-

Man Hee Yoon holds a PhD degree from the University of St. Michael’s College (in the University of Toronto) and is Visiting Professor of Old Testament and Theology at The University of the Gambia.

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