The attainment and abuse of power has not, to my knowledge, always been a prominent theme in scholarship. Is this because those with power tend not to think about it, in the same way as those with money tend not to think that money is not an issue?
Three books among many that deal with the issue are Mary Evans commentary on 1 & 2 Samuel in the NIBC series; Dewi Hughes’ Power and Poverty: Divine and Human Rule in a World of Need; and my doctoral supervisor Gordon McConville’s God and Earthly Power: An Old Testament Political Theology, Genesis-Kings.
Here’s the blurb for the MRDF series:
Power – we have more of it than we think.
in-depth Bible studies
modern day examples of empowerment from MRDF’s work
engaging group discussions
ideas for individual and group action
For more details, as well as downloads and links, visit the MRDF website.