Divine Light from Kings

Evangelical Ecumenism & the Gospel in the Story of Israel Divided

by Peter J. Leithart

The book of First and Second Kings has long been an important text for ecclesiological reflection, with the divided Israel the book describes serving as a model of the divided Christendom of post-Reformation Europe. But by and large, the book has been plundered for ammunition in partisan polemics aimed by divided Christians against one another, and not for its insight into Christian reunion.

For the Reformers, 1–2 Kings provided scriptural categories to describe the errors of the Roman Church. They believed that the late medieval church had fallen into idolatry, and they pointed to the fact . . .

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Peter J. Leithart is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and the president of Trinity House Institute for Biblical, Liturgical & Cultural Studies in Birmingham, Alabama. His many books include Defending Constantine (InterVarsity), Between Babel and Beast (Cascade), and, most recently, Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor University Press). His weblog can be found at www.leithart.com. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone.

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