It’s not surprising that the new Photo Companion to 1 & 2 Kings breaks the record for the most photos per chapter when you consider all the archaeological discoveries that have been made related to the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. In some ways, that makes this photo collection the easiest to create—there is just so much known of the biblical sites, artifacts, and people. In other ways, that massive amount of material makes 1 & 2 Kings the most intimidating—will we ever finish? The happy news is that we have!
This may be the most personal of the photo collections for me, spanning now more than 30 years of study. I was that young college nerd who thought it worthwhile to memorize all the names and dates of the kings of Israel and Judah (and convinced a certain girl to do it with me—so I could spend more time with her!). A few years later, I chose to study Jeroboam II for my master’s thesis (the king who has the most beautiful of all ancient seal impressions). When it came time for my doctoral dissertation, I found myself back in Kings, studying the reign of Jehu. A few years ago, I was even given the chance to write the study notes for 2 Kings for the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible.
This project combines my passion for photography and my passion for the history of ancient Israel, and I am thrilled to see it all come together. On my own, I never could have done it, but Chris McKinny and Kris Udd and a number of other friends worked together over the last few years to create a resource that will be super helpful to all who study and teach these books in the future. And I tested it all out at church last year as I taught through 1 & 2 Kings in my adult class, one chapter at a time.
I encourage you to order your own copy this week. The introductory pricing makes it the best deal for you, and the sale enables us to continue development of the next volumes of the Photo Companion to the Bible. Thank you, and may the Lord bless your study of his Word and all the amazing discoveries that illuminate and confirm it.
Professor of Biblical Studies, The Master’s University