My rating: 5 of 5 stars
He does it every time! Dr. Dale Ralph Davis, Minister in Residence at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, successfully hits another home-run with his newest 128 page paperback, "Stump Kingdom: Isaiah 6-12." This nifty little volume is easy to read, insightful, and usable for seminary trained ministers as well as disciples desiring to grow in their grasp of Scripture.
"Stump Kingdom" unfolds in eight chapters that systematically work through Isaiah chapters six through twelve. Davis draws from scholarly sources, Hebrew vocabulary, grammar and the canonical context of these chapters to give the reader a well-rounded presentation. Though the work is scholarly, it's not stuffy or stiff. Part of the author's aim was personal: he wanted to get at chapter 7.14 and workout how it fits into the thought of Isaiah. The result of his discussion on that chapter is full and fortifying.
But he doesn't stop there. He continues to guide us through the text with warmth and depth. Davis's observations and applications will lift the reader's heart and rouse their worship. For example, as the author tackles the messy role of Assyria in God's purposes, he observes, "God's covenant people throughout the world need to remember this - need to 're-realize' that our God is not merely over a few Christian ghettos scattered across the globe but that he is Lord of the nations. He is not just in charge of covenant matters but of cosmic matters" (89).
"Stump Kingdom" reads easy. When a person has completed the book they will definitely have a better comprehension of Isaiah 6-12. But they will also, most likely, walk away with a greater appreciation for who God is, what he has done and is doing for his people. This little manuscript would be ideal for a Bible study class. It has devotional qualities. And it will be a handy help for a preacher who desires to preach a series of messages through this section of Sacred Scripture. Hustle out and buy a copy for yourself and get one for your minister.
Thanks to Christian Focus for providing, upon my request, the free copy of the book used for this review. The assessments are mine given without restrictions or requirements (as per Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255).
[The book may be purchased from Christian Focus]
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