1-2 Kings

A sequel to 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings takes us through the final days of David’s reign, down the monarchic line, until the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians in the 6th century BCE. The narrative alternates between the monarchies of Judah and Israel after the kingdom divided.

  • [Addition: Introduction to 1-2 Kings.]
  • 1 Kings 1: David deals with a succession dispute between his sons.
  • 1 Kings 2: David dies, Solomon purges the court.
  • 1 Kings 3: Solomon receives wisdom and sits in judgement.
  • 1 Kings 4: Solomon’s court and administration.
  • 1 Kings 5: Solomon collects the materials to build the temple.
  • 1 Kings 6: Solomon builds the temple.
  • 1 Kings 7: Residual details about Solomon’s construction projects.
  • 1 Kings 8: Solomon consecrates the new temple.
  • 1 Kings 9: Details of Solomon’s reign and relationship with Tyre.
  • 1 Kings 10: The queen of Sheba visits.
  • 1 Kings 11: Solomon’s idolatry and the fracturing of the nation.
  • [Addition: The Kings of Israel and Judah.]
  • 1 Kings 12: The nation is divided under Rehoboam and Jeroboam.
  • 1 Kings 13: A man of God condemns Jeroboam’s holy sites.
  • 1 Kings 14: Jeroboam’s son dies. Jeroboam and Rehoboam both die.
  • 1 Kings 15: The kings of Judah and Israel (Abijam, Asa, Nadab, & Baasha).
  • 1 Kings 16: The kings of Judah and Israel (Baasha, Elah, Zimri, Omri, & Ahab).
  • 1 Kings 17: Elijah announces a drought and brings a boy back to life.
  • 1 Kings 18: Yahweh competes against Baal in a wonder competition.
  • 1 Kings 19: Elijah encounters God in the wilderness and recruits Elisha.
  • 1 Kings 20: Syria goes to war against Israel.
  • 1 Kings 21: Jezebel has Naboth killed so that Ahab can take his land.
  • 1 Kings 22: Ahab dies in battle.
  • 2 Kings 1: King Ahaziah falls from a window and Elijah predicts his death.
  • 2 Kings 2: Elijah ascends to heaven, Elisha uses bears to maul children.
  • 2 Kings 3: Israel, Judah, and Edom go to war with Moab.
  • 2 Kings 4: Elisha performs a number of miracles.
  • 2 Kings 5: Elisha heals Naaman’s leprosy.
  • 2 Kings 6: Elisha performs more miracles.
  • 2 Kings 7: Elisha predicts the miraculous end of the Syrian siege of Samaria.
  • 2 Kings 8: King Benhadad of Syria is murdered by his successor, Hazael.
  • 2 Kings 9: Jehu overthrows Joram and kills Jezebel.
  • 2 Kings 10: Jehu massacres the relatives of Joram and worshippers of Baal.
  • 2 Kings 11: Athaliah takes power in Judah and is eventually deposed.
  • 2 Kings 12: Jehoash’s long, but turbulent reign.
  • 2 Kings 13: Continuation of the Israelite monarchy and the death of Elisha.
  • 2 Kings 14: The war between Amaziah and Jehoash.
  • 2 Kings 15: A series of kings take control of Israel.
  • 2 Kings 16: King Ahaz fights off Syria and Israel, with Assyria’s help.
  • 2 Kings 17: The destruction of Israel and origin of the Samaritan people.
  • 2 Kings 18: Assyria tries to conquer Jerusalem.
  • 2 Kings 19: Assyria’s attack on Judah ends.
  • 2 Kings 20: Hezekiah falls ill, Isaiah delivers more prophecies.
  • 2 Kings 21: The terrible reigns of Manasseh and Amon.
  • 2 Kings 22: Josiah discovers a book of law.
  • 2 Kings 23: Josiah makes religious reforms, then is killed by Egypt.
  • 2 Kings 24: Jerusalem falls and its elite are taken away from Judah.
  • 2 Kings 25: The destruction of Solomon’s temple and murder of Judah’s governor.
  • [Addition: Closing thoughts.]

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