Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Historical: The narrative books of the Old Testament that recount Israel’s rise and fall in the land of Canaan, leading to their exile in Babylon.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Narrative: A story sequence in which characters are placed in a setting and involved in a developing plotline.
Epic Narrative: A narrative that is intentionally placed in an ambiguous historical setting in order to make larger claims about the nature of reality and human purpose.
David’s son Solomon leads Israel to greatness, only to fail and lead Israel to a civil war and ultimately towards destruction and exile.
1 & 2 Kings
Watch our Read Scripture video on the books of 1 & 2 Kings (originally one scroll), which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to 1 & 2 Kings, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
About 1 & 2 Kings
After centuries of sojourning, struggles, and conquest, God's promise to Abraham appears to finally be tangible - David and Solomon unite the Israelites into a single kingdom with descendants as "numerous as the stars." Known as Kings 1 and 2 in English Bibles, The Book of Kings is originally a single book that recounts the rule of Israel's kings from David's son Solomon up until the time of Israel's exile, the final result of Israel's disobedience.
Will God's promised Messiah come to pass in spite of Israel's failures? Read more to find out! Note how the book's perspective gives the reader a bird's-eye view of the nation as a whole compared to the interpersonal focus of key individuals in the Book of Samuel. Some notable people in Kings, like Elijah and Jezebel, will also become symbolic representatives for certain themes in the New Testament. Watch closely.
Solomon, Bathsheba's son, becomes a king in David's old age. God grants Solomon the wisdom he prayed for. Solomon's reign is prosperous, powerful, and peaceful.
The Lord's Temple
Solomon builds God's temple in a specific design much like the Tabernacle. The Ark is brought in and God reinstates His covenant promise with Solomon.
Solomon’s faith is sadly compromised with idols. He remembers God in his old age, but Israel’s kingdom splits, beginning a tragic spiral of sinful kings.
God sends His prophets to warn the kings of Israel and Judah of their injustices. Elijah and Elisha perform miraculous signs. Most, however, don't listen.
A Nation Exiled
After rebelling against God for many years, Israel finally pays the price: conquest and exile by Assyria. Judah too is exiled in Babylon. Is there hope?