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4.43  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Human freedom – God's omnipotence: how can they be reconciled? That question is central to this penetrating study of political action and prophetic function. Ellul's answer to that question, though based on events recorded in the Second Book of Kings, is immediately relevant to contemporary issues and to the church today. Emerging from these reflections is an eloquent test ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 30th 1966 by Éditions universitaires (first published January 25th 1966)
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Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians interested in serious theological reflection
Shelves: biblical-studies
French sociologist and historian Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) was one of the most important Christian thinkers of the 20th century. I'd always had the (mistaken) impression that he was a Roman Catholic, probably because of his nationality; actually, while he was baptized in that church as a baby, he converted to the Reformed church as a young man, after a few years as an atheist and Communist. He fought with the French Resistance in World War II, and before and after the war enjoyed a long career t ...more
Leandro Guimarães
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Un petit étude sur quelques personages du livre des Rois. Sauf par son universaliſme, Ellul toujours surprenant avec ſon ſoucis de la liberté, honneur, gloire et amour de Dieu. Un preſque réformée de première claße.

Dans une deuxième lecture deux ans après, toujours fort & encore ſurprenant. Un livre qu’il paye la peine relire ; peut-être je le relirai dans un ou deu décennies.
Timothy Darling
I read this book for the class on Kings I'm currently teaching. It is a work to be taken seriously or not at all. That is to say, that if you are not serious about studying the material in the book, you will find it dry and difficult to finish.

Ellul is of a particular, rather strong opinion. He holds that participation with God is an all or nothing proposition. While I might agree with this idea, it is not to the extent he holds it. He seems to be saying that when a person is not wholly committ
John Lussier
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is the relationship between the political realm and the kingdom of God? Ellul puts forward that there is very little overlap. Whether in Israel or in the Church the pursuit of political power and efficiency is a means and end outside the reign of a God who is willing to suffer so that humanity might be free to obey. Using the book of 2 Kings as a starting point Ellul explores how human freedom and divine sovereignty relate. The pursuit of efficiency in the world and political gains is oppos ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too many Christians think they have to become "part of the system" in order to re-direct the powers. Ellul uses Old Testament to show how the powers are really influenced and what is really important in the grander scheme of things.
David Medders
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a powerful and poignant meditation taken from II Kings and principally the ministry of Elisha. I was bedazzled by his grasp of and insights on the spiritual and political principles at work through God's engagement in and through events in the nations of Judah and Israel. As in all his writings, everything is set in the perspective of Jesus Christ, of which Elisha is a figure and for whom Elijah was the herald. I am not aware of any other writing with a more penetrating insight into ...more
Daniel Supimpa
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-culture
Really enjoyed the political readings of 2 Kings by Ellul. His writing deserves a lot to the existential theological school (There are clear similarities between his style and Brueggemann's or Heschel's, both of which I enjoy very much).

The most striking chapters for me were of Jehu, and his incitation of violence by a poor connection between religion and politics! Very timely for global (and Brazilian) political landscape. The other though-provoking part was the last chapter, on the inutility o
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first foray into the work of Jacques Ellul and I was not disappointed. As a series of reflections on the book of Second Kings (of all places), Ellul's book is thought provoking and very intriguing. He calls Second Kings the most political of all books in the Bible, showing the relativity of politics. The second theme he finds in Second Kings is its display of the free determination (will) of man and the freedom of God. These two themes run throughout the book. This will be a book I r ...more
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm tempted to call this a book of genius. Yet before I do so I must mull this one over at greater length. The book is Ellul's meditations on certain texts in Second Kings. In it he writes about the political means used by various politicians, generals, kings, and prophets in Second Kings. He contrasts these politics to the means used by God, and argues that political action is a human means and are not the actions of believers. He makes a sharp distinction at the beginning between the functions ...more
Abe Cho
Great inisghts into the nature of God's transcendent sovereignty over human history as well as the key idea that the nature of Kingdom life is political in ways that don't submit to national politics, but instead transcends them. In the end, his view of human government and cutural activity seems much too low if we grant that God is still at work through human agency in every corner of creation.
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Baptised Catholic, Ellul became an atheist and Marxist at 19, and a Christian of the Reformed Church at 22. During his Marxist days, he was a member of the French Communist Party. During World War II, he fought with the French Underground against the Nazi occupation of France.

Educated at the Universities of Bordeaux and Paris, he taught Sociology and the History of Law at the Universities of Strau