Saul and sons: Decline and fallout in the family of Israel's first king

Brian EdwardsSKU: PBSAUL2266 ISBN: 9781846252266



Israel's first king began with great promise and ended in tragedy. The author traces Saul's head start into the monarchy and the accelerating spiral into possibly the most lamentable biography in the Bible. Along the way there is much to learn from a king whose story is told in Scripture so that we might learn the ways of a man who fell out with God and fell in with the powers of darkness. And there are surprises along the way, not least in the story of his son who, but for the purposes of God, would surely have made an excellent king.

However, on the blood-spattered walls of Beth Shan, the story does not quite end. There is another member of Saul's line who shines with bright hope and reflects the character of his godly father in contrast to that of his tragic grandfather.

An accessible book for every reader which, as well as bringing the three characters of Saul, Jonathan and Mephibosheth to life and clarifying difficulties in the text, concludes every chapter with questions for thoughtful discussion suitable for group or personal study.

About the Author

Brian Edwards is the author of twenty books, including one on the accuracy and authority of the Bible, historical biographies on William Tyndale and John Newton and Grace – amazing grace, a study of the greatest word in the Christian vocabulary. He edits the Day One Publications Travel Guide series and preaches and lectures across the UK and abroad. Brian is married to Rosie and they live in Surrey, UK.

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"Stretch the horizons of your mind"

Many will have already read or heard the author, Brian Edwards, most likely to their great benefit. His reputation as a first-class Christian writer (and speaker) goes before him - and we are, again, not disappointed on this occasion. He has served in pastoral ministry for many years and now it is hardly appropriate to say he has retired; he is just engaged in a different kind of ministry, described as 'a wider role of preaching and lecturing both in the UK and abroad.' The book investigates the gripping, and ultimately saddening, story of Saul, the first king of Israel, followed by two concluding chapters on his son, Jonathan, and Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth. As we often focus attention of the godly characters of the Bible, we may sometimes neglect the lessons to be learned - and the paths to be avoided - from the ungodly, like Saul. And there is much for us to learn, as the Holy Spirit has devoted considerable ink to the story of Saul, as a warning to us. Edwards draws out principles with characteristic applicatory punch. For most readers, there will be much in this book they will not have considered before, like the extended exploration of envy in chapter 6. This book will stretch the horizons of your mind & fortify it against the weakness of your sinful nature.
- The Record:Oliver Rice, Bow Baptist Church, London

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