1 Kings

The first half of 1 Kings traces the life of Solomon. Under his leadership Israel rises to the peak of her size and glory. Solomon's sreat accomplishments, including the unsurpassed splendour of the temple which he constructs ln Jerusalem, bring him worldwide fame and respect.

However, Solomon's zeal for God diminishes in his later years, as pagan wives tum his heart away from worship in the temple of God. As a result, the king with the divided heart leaves behind a divided kingdom. For the next century, the Book of First Kings traces the twin histories of two sets of kings and two nations of disobe&ent people who are growing indifferent to God's prophets and precepts.

Like the two books of Samuel, the two books of Kings were originally one in the Hebrew Bible

The author of 1 Kings

The author of First and Second Kings is unknown, but evidence supports the talmudic tradition that Kings was written by the prophet Jeremiah. The author was clearly a prophet/historian as seen in the prophetic expose of apostasy. Both First and Second Kings emphasize^God'i righteous judgment on idolatry and immorality. The style of these books is also similar to that found in Jeremiah.

The time of 1 Kings

The Book of 1 Kings was written to the kingdoi ot Judah before and after its Babylonian exile. The majority was compiled by a contemporary of Jeremiah, if not by ieremiah himself (around 646-570 BC

About 1 Kings

The first half of First Kings concerns life of one of the most amazing men who men ever lived. More than any man before or since he knew how to amass and creatively use great ml9 onlywealth. With the sole exception of Jesus Christ, Solomon is the wisest man in human history. His brings Israel to the peak of its size and glory, and yet, the kingdom is disrupted soon after his death, two by civil strife. This book divides into two sections: the united kingdom (1-11) and the divided kingdom (12-22).

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