Other Books

My first book:

Righteous Jehu and his Evil Heirs: The Deuteronomist’s Negative Perspective on Dynastic Succession.

My doctoral dissertation was finished in June 2005 and this slightly modified version was published in 2007 by Oxford University Press.  The retail price of $100 scares many people away, but as doctoral dissertations go, that’s cheap.  Here’s what Robert R. Wilson of Yale says on the back cover, “…beautifully organized, fluently written, and strongly and logically argued.  There is constant engagement with the scholarly literature on Kings, and Lamb has made excellent use of extra-biblical materials…In short, Lamb has made an major scholarly contribution in a neglected area.  His work will…set the agenda for future debate.”  You can buy it by clicking on it.

Shelf of DLamb Books (April 2016)
Books I’ve written or contributed to

My Fifth Book: 1-2 Kings

1-2 Kings (Zondervan, 2021)

This commentary is the 10th volume in Zondervan’s The Story of God Bible Commentary. 

I started writing it in 2012.  

My Fourth Book (co-written with Mark Leuchter)

The Historical Writings: Introducing Israel’s Historical Literature

A textbook on the historical books of the Old Testament. I wrote the chapters on Joshua, Judges, and 1, 2 Kings. My co-author Mark wrote on 1, 2 Samuel, Ezra-Nehemiah, and 1, 2 Chronicles.

Benjamin Johnson of Wycliffe Hall (Oxford) called it, “The best introduction to the Historical Books available.”

Fortress Press.  July 2016.

Other books I have contributed to:
“Changing the Mind of God: The Prayer and Tears of Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:1-6)”

From Speaking with God: Probing Old Testament Prayers for Contemporary Significance. Edited by Phillip G. Camp & Elaine A. Phillips

“The Trust of Hezekiah: In YHWH…and Assyria, Egypt, and Babylon (2 Kings 20:1-6)”

From Characters and Characterization in 1 and 2 Kings

Edited by Keith Bodner
& Benjamin J. M. Johnson

T & T Clark (2020)

“Bathsheba, Another #MeToo”

From Perspectives on Scripture (Kindle)

Point of View Publishing (2019)

“‘I Will Strike You down and Cut off Your Head’ (1 Samuel 17:46): Trash Talking, Derogatory Rhetoric, and Psychological Warfare in Ancient Israel”

From Warfare, Ritual, and Symbol in Biblical and Modern Contexts

Edited by Brad Kelle, Frank Ames, and Jacob Wright.

My blog post on this book.

Society of Biblical Literature.

June 2014.

“Compassion and Wrath as Motivations for Divine Warfare.”

Holy War Cover

From Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem.  Pages 133-151.

Edited by Paul Copan, Jeremy Evans and
Heath Thomas. 

InterVarsity Press, May 2013.

Jim West gives my article 3 stars out of 3 (=”fantastically well done”).  He describes it as “all strength and no weakness.”

Twelve articles (“Elihu,” “Hilkiah,” “Hosea the book,” “Hosea the person,” “Gedaliah,” “Jacob,” “Jehoiachin,” “Jehoiakim,” “Jephthah,” “Jeroboam,” “Lamech” and “Lot”).

Baker Illustrated BD

From Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Edited by Tremper Longman III, Peter Enns and Mark Strauss. Baker Press.  2013.

My blog post about this book.

Unfortunately, my name was omitted from the contributors, an error that should be corrected for the next printing.

“Word of God” and “Wrath”


From Dictionary of the Old Testament:
Prophetic Books.  

Pages 860-867, 878-883.

Edited by J. Gordon McConville and

Mark J. Boda.

InterVarsity Press, 2012.

 “Jehu Dynasty.”

From Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books.

Pages 534-538.

Edited by Bill T. Arnold and
H. G. M. Williamson.

InterVarsity Press, 2005.

“‘A Prophet Instead of You’: Elijah, Elisha and Prophetic Succession.”

From Prophecy and the Prophets in Ancient Israel: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar

Pages 172-187. Edited by John Day.

T&T Clark, 2010.

Click here for review from
Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

“The Eternal Curse:
Seven Deuteronomistic Judgment Oracles
against the House of David” 

For and against David

From For and Against David: Story and History in the Books of Samuel.  

Pages 315-326.

Edited by A. G. Auld and

E. Eynikel.

Peeters, 2010.

Other books or articles:

Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style. From Zondervan.

God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?  From InterVarsity Press.

David Was a Rapist, Abraham Was a Sex Trafficker” (2900 words) Christianity Today, 22 October 2015. Shared almost 6000 times on Facebook.

“The Immutable Mutability of YHWH” (7000 words) Southeastern Theological Review, 2.1 (2011): 21-38.

“How Do We Reconcile a Loving God with a God Who Commits Genocide?” (2200 words) Relevant 53, September-October (2011): 108-111.

“The Non-Eternal Dynastic Promises of Jehu of Israel and Esarhaddon of Assyria” (3100 words) Vetus Testamentum, 60/3 (2010): 337-344.

1, 2 Kings,” “Menahem” and “Shalmaneser III” (5200 words total) in Lexham Bible Dictionary.

Review article (3100 words) of G. Athas’s The Tel Dan Inscription: A Reappraisal and a New Interpretation (2003) in Revue biblique 113/3 (2004): 423-429.

I’ve also written dozens of book reviews for journals including Vetus Testamentum, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Bulletin of Biblical Research, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Southeastern Theological Review, and Themelios.


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