My first book:
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.
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)
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)”
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”
Edited by Brad Kelle, Frank Ames, and Jacob Wright.
Society of Biblical Literature.
“Compassion and Wrath as Motivations for Divine Warfare.”
Edited by Paul Copan, Jeremy Evans and
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”).
Edited by Tremper Longman III, Peter Enns and Mark Strauss. Baker Press. 2013.
Unfortunately, my name was omitted from the contributors, an error that should be corrected for the next printing.
“Word of God” and “Wrath”
Pages 860-867, 878-883.
Edited by J. Gordon McConville and
Mark J. Boda.
InterVarsity Press, 2012.
Edited by Bill T. Arnold and
H. G. M. Williamson.
InterVarsity Press, 2005.
“‘A Prophet Instead of You’: Elijah, Elisha and Prophetic Succession.”
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”
Edited by A. G. Auld and
Other books or articles:
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.