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1 Kings

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Like with the Book of Samuel, 1 Kings and

were originally one book, known as the Book of Kings. In the original Hebrew text, the Book of Kings is included with the former prophets, however it is grouped with the historical books in the Bible. The Book of Kings spans 400 years of Israel's history. It begins with the glorious reign of Solomon and ends with the Israelites in Babylonian captivity. This book takes us on a parallel journey through the history of both sets of kings, those in the northern kingdom ("Israel") and those in the southern kingdom ("Judah"). It is in 1 and 2 Kings that we meet the prophets Elijah and Elisha, as well.

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Authorship

Like most books of the Bible, the author of Kings is unknown. Most believe that the book is a compilation of records, with some scholars believing priestly writers to be responsible and others attributing it to prophets.

The complaint of a priestly writer being responsible is where in the northern kingdom, which had turned away from God, was there a suitable priest to keep track of the history?[1]

I understand the unlikelihood of a God-fearing priest present in the northern kingdom, however I don't think this rules out the possibility of a priestly author. Even in the midst of Sodom and Gomorrah, God found Lot and in the midst of the whole earth, God found Noah; this is evidence that even in dismal situations there's always at least one person shining for God. Perhaps there was at least one priest in the north that had not lost his way. Further, we've seen countless examples of God using non-believers to fulfill his purpose. It is quite possible that the person was in sin but God blessed them to keep accurate records simply because He wanted us to have those records. We can't say for sure one way or the other whether this was the case in the authorship of Kings.

Scholars conclude that if the compilation is priestly, Ezra was the final editor, but if the compilation was written by prophets, either Jeremiah or Ezekiel would have been the final editor.[1] Some lean heavier toward Jeremiah due to the similarities between 2 Kings 24-25 and Jeremiah 52.[2]

Dating the Book

1 Kings begins with the death of David in 970 BCΒ and 2 Kings ends with the release of King Jehoiachin from prison in 560 BC. The book is a compilation of records detailing the history of Israel during this time. While it is impossible to identify when each record was written, we know that final compilation could not have been completed before the release of Jehoaichin in 560 BC, since that event is covered in the text. However, 2 Kings does not discuss the return of the Jews to their land, which occurred in 536 BC. This is too major of an event to exclude had the book been compiled after the fact. Thus, it is assumed that the text must have been completed before the return in 536 BC. This gives us an estimated date of completion between 560 and 536 BC.

Themes

The Book of Kings focuses on the kings of Israel (hence the name of the book) and the prophets the serve during each king's reign. In this set of books, we learn the role of each of office, as well as, a bit about revival.

Kings

Through the Davidic covenant, kings were seen as the moral representative of the nation. Blessings and punishments flowed based on the kings action. This pattern continued through the king Azariah (or Uzziah).

Prophets

Prophets were not all the same. Some were miracle workers like Elisha, but others were simply delivering information like Gad or Micah. Kings establishes them before we dive into their writings found later in the Bible.

Revival

Revivals of the kings happened on an individual level and occasionally had a few effects on society as a whole, but the effects never lasted. The nation always returned to idolatry.

Chapter by Chapter Breakdown

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You Are What You Eat: 1 Timothy 4:1-7
1 TimothyTimothyFood and DietClean and Unclean
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You Are What You Eat: Mark 7:15
Food and DietClean and UncleanMatthewMark
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You Are What You Eat: Isaiah 66
Food and DietClean and UncleanIsaiahProphecy
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You Are What You Eat: Romans 14
Food and DietClean and UncleanRomans
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You Are What You Eat: Acts 10
Food and DietActsPeterDiscipleship
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Poetic Justice
Literary Devices
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Numbers 36: Female Inheritance
NumbersChapter Study
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Numbers 33: Record of the Journey
NumbersChapter StudyCanaanFalse Deities and Prophets
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Numbers 32: Inheritance
NumbersChapter StudyRuebenGad
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Numbers 31: Spoils of War
NumbersChapter StudyClean and UncleanFalse Deities and ProphetsMidian
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R.E.A.P. Method
Study the WordPsalms
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S.O.A.P. Method
ExodusTithesMoneyStudy the Word
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F.E.A.S.T. Method
PsalmsStudy the WordFaith
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Numbers 28-29: Feasts & Offerings
NumbersChapter StudyFeasts & Holy DaysSacrifice
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Numbers 35: Special Cities
NumbersChapter StudyMurderPovertyLeviRepentance and Forgiveness
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Numbers 26-27: The Second Census
NumbersChapter StudyMosesJoshua (person)Leadership
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Numbers 25: Idolatry & Israel
NumbersChapter StudyFalse Deities and ProphetsMoabRelationships
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Numbers 30: Vows
NumbersChapter Study
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Numbers 34: Boundaries of Israel
NumbersChapter Study
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Numbers 22-24: Balak, Balaam, and the Talking Donkey
NumbersChapter StudyMoabAnimalsMessianic ProphecyProphecyFalse Deities and Prophets
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Numbers 20-21: The Journey Continues
NumbersChapter StudyEdomCanaanSymbolismMoab
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Numbers 20: Moses Sins
NumbersChapter StudySymbolismMosesAaronWater
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Numbers 20: Miriam’s Death
NumbersChapter Study
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Numbers 19: Purification
NumbersChapter StudyDeathClean and UncleanSacrifice
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Numbers 16-18: Rebellion
NumbersChapter StudyIntercessory PrayerAaronPriesthoodTithesDeath
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Numbers 13-14: Scouting
NumbersChapter StudyJoshua (person)CalebNephilim and Giants
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Numbers 15: Reminders
NumbersChapter Study
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Numbers 10-12: From Sinai to Paran
NumbersChapter StudyMosesAaronMiriamEthiopiaRelationshipsFood and Diet
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Numbers 8-10: Instructions
NumbersChapter StudyLeviPassover
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Numbers 7: Tribal Princes’ Offerings
NumbersChapter StudySacrificeTemple
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Numbers 5: A Few Laws and a Test
NumbersChapter StudyLawAdultery
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Numbers 3-4: Levite Duties
NumbersChapter Study
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Numbers 6: The Nazarite Vow
NumbersChapter StudySamsonJohn the BaptistOaths and VowsSamuelFastingClean and UncleanPaul
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Numbers 1-3: The First Census
NumbersChapter StudyAngelsIsraelDanJudahEphraimLeviRueben
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1 Samuel 28-31: Saul’s Last Battle
1 SamuelChapter StudyAmalakitesPhilistineDavidWitchcraftSaul
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2 Samuel 11-12: David and Bathsheba
2 SamuelChapter StudyRelationshipsAdulteryJudgementDavidMurder
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1 Samuel 25: Samuel’s Death and David’s Wives
1 SamuelChapter StudyAbigailRelationshipsWomenDavidSamuelMichal
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1 Samuel 18-27: Saul Tries to Kill David
1 SamuelChapter StudyJonathanRelationshipsSaulDavidPhilistineMurderMichal
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1 Samuel 23: David Saves Keilah
1 SamuelChapter StudyDavidBetrayalPhilistine
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1 Samuel 8-10: A King for Israel
1 SamuelChapter StudyRelationshipsProphecySaulLeadership
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1 Samuel 4-7: The Ark of the Covenant
1 SamuelChapter StudyPlaguesBenjaminPhilistineFalse Deities and ProphetsTemple Furnishings
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1 Samuel 11: Saul Defeats the Ammonites
1 SamuelChapter StudyAmmonSaul
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1 Samuel 1-3: Introducing Samuel
1 SamuelChapter StudyPriesthoodHannahWomenIntercessory PrayerSamuel
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1 Samuel 13-14: Saul’s Army
1 SamuelChapter StudyPhilistineJonathanSaulGenealogy
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1 Samuel 12: Samuel
1 SamuelChapter StudySamuelRepentance and Forgiveness
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1 Samuel 17: David and Goliath
1 SamuelChapter StudyPhilistineDavidNephilim and Giants
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1 Samuel 16: David is Anointed
1 SamuelChapter StudySaulDavidSamuelRelationships
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1 Samuel 15: Saul Sins
1 SamuelChapter StudyAmalakitesSaulRepentance and ForgivenessSamuel
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Genesis 6-9: Noah and the Flood
GenesisChapter StudyNoahWaterJudgementCovenantClean and UncleanAnimalsNephilim and Giants
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Jeremiah 1: Jeremiah’s Call
JeremiahChapter StudyDreams and VisionsProphecyJosiah
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Genesis 37-50: The 12 Tribes of Israel
GenesisChapter StudyJosephBenjaminLeviJudahRuebenSimeonZebulunIssacharGadDanManassehEphraimAsherNaphtaliRepentance and ForgivenessFamineEgyptWomenSexual ImoralityGenealogyIncestTamarDreams and VisionsIrony
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Ezra 9-10: Confessions of Sin
EzraChapter StudyRelationships
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Ezra 5-6: Darius’ Decree
EzraChapter StudyPassoverTemplePersia
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Ezra 7-8: Introducing Ezra
EzraChapter StudyLeviTemplePersia
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Ezra 3-4: Reconstruction of the Temple
EzraChapter StudySacrificeTempleTabernaclesPersiaTyre
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Ezra 1: Cyrus’ Decree
EzraChapter StudyBabylonCaptivityTemple
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Deuteronomy 31-34: The Final Address
DeuteronomyChapter Study
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Deuteronomy 27-30: The Third Address
DeuteronomyChapter StudyBlessings & CursesCovenant
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 3)
DeuteronomyChapter StudyTithesRelationshipsServants and SlavesSexual AssaultWomenCommandments
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 2)
DeuteronomyChapter StudyFalse Deities and ProphetsLeviPriesthoodIsraelJusticeJudgementTithesClean and Unclean
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 1)
DeuteronomyChapter StudyCommandmentsLawIsraelLeviFalse Deities and ProphetsCovenant
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Genesis 11-23: Abraham and the Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah
GenesisChapter StudyAbrahamSarahJudgementLotHagarIshmaelCircumcisionSexual ImoralityIsaacMoab
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The Unnamed Concubine
Character StudyJudgesWomenSexual Assault
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Judges 9-10: Abimelech
JudgesChapter Study
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Judges 10-12: Jephthath
JudgesChapter StudyAmmonEphraimOaths and Vows
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Judges 13-16: Samson
JudgesChapter StudyRelationshipsSamsonWomenPhilistineOaths and VowsDan
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Judges 17-18: Micah and the Tribe of Dan
JudgesChapter StudyDanMoneyLeviFalse Deities and ProphetsTheft
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Acts 1-5: The Early Days of the Church
Chapter StudyActsCainAbelDiscipleshipLyingProphecyMoneyThe ChurchPeterTheft
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Would You Rather?: Fatherly Treatment
Would You RatherEdomJacobJosephGenesisRelationshipsTheft
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Genesis 27-36: Jacob & Esau, Two Nations
GenesisChapter StudyWomenJacobLeahEdomRachelTithesFalse Deities and ProphetsDinahSexual AssaultCircumcisionLeviSimeonGenocideTheft
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Do Not Steal
DeuteronomyExodusCommandmentsLawTheft
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Judges 19-21: A Call to War
JudgesChapter StudySexual AssaultWomenLeviBenjamin
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Judges 6-8: Gideon
JudgesChapter StudyManassehMidianAmalakitesHoly SpiritEphraim
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Judges 4-5: Deborah, Jael, and Barak
JudgesChapter StudyDeborahWomenLeadership
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Judges 3: Othniel and Ehud
JudgesChapter StudyCanaanFalse Deities and ProphetsRelationshipsCaptivityBenjaminMoabAmalakites
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Judges 2: Provoking God
JudgesChapter StudyFalse Deities and ProphetsCommandmentsCanaan
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Judges 1: Judah’s Conquest
Chapter StudyJudgesCanaanJudah
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Genesis 1 & 2: Creation
CreationAdamEveScienceGarden of EdenGenesisChapter StudySabbath
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2 Samuel 21-24: Contradictions on David's Final Days?
2 SamuelChapter StudyDavidSaulDoctrinePhilistine
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2 Samuel 19-20: Israel and Judah
2 SamuelChapter StudyDavidDivision of Israel
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2 Samuel 5-10: David’s Military Success
2 SamuelChapter StudyDavidRelationshipsMessianic Prophecy
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2 Samuel 1-4: After Saul’s Death
2 SamuelChapter StudySaulDavidDivision of Israel
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Exodus 18-20: God’s Commandments
ExodusChapter StudyMosesAaronCommandmentsSinaiFireLeadershipLaw
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Do Not Take the LORD’s Name in Vain
CommandmentsDeuteronomyExodusNames of GodBlasphemy
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Keep the Sabbath Holy
SabbathCommandments
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Deuteronomy 28: The Curse of Israel & The Black Israelite Theory
DeuteronomyChapter StudyRacismIsraelGenealogy
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Acts 16: Timothy Was Biracial…Sort Of
ActsChapter StudyTimothyGenealogyCircumcisionPaulWomenBaptism
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Acts 15: Disagreements in the Church
ActsChapter StudyPaulPeterLeadershipCommandmentsSalvationCircumcisionRepentance and Forgiveness
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Acts 13-14: The First Missionary Journey of Paul
ActsChapter StudyLeadershipThe ChurchPaulGenealogyDiscipleship
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Acts 12: Peter, Rhoda, and Herod
ActsChapter StudyWomenPeterPersecutionRomeHolidayPassover
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Exodus 32: The Golden Calf
ExodusChapter StudyFalse Deities and ProphetsMosesAaronCommandmentsRepentance and ForgivenessIntercessory Prayer
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Deuteronomy 1-4: The First Address
DeuteronomyChapter StudyMoabAmmonFalse Deities and ProphetsCommandmentsMosesRepentance and ForgivenessJoshua (person)
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Earrings, Piercings, and Christians
LeviticusAppearance
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Leviticus 19-20: Righteousness
LeviticusChapter StudyAppearanceCommandmentsLawSacrificeAdulteryWitchcraftFood and DietFeasts & Holy DaysJustice
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Leviticus 17-18: Immorality
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeFalse Deities and ProphetsSexual Imorality
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Homosexuality in the Bible
LeviticusSexual ImoralitySexual AssaultRelationshipsLawCommandmentsLove
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Leviticus 26-27: Consequences
LeviticusChapter Study
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Leviticus 24-25: Expectations & Appropriate Behavior
LeviticusChapter StudyFeasts & Holy DaysBlasphemyLawServants and SlavesTemple
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Exodus 33-35: Repentance & The Second Set of Tablets
ExodusChapter StudyRepentance and ForgivenessClean and UncleanIsraelIntercessory PrayerFeasts & Holy DaysMoses
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Would You Rather?: Betray or Deny
Would You RatherJudasPeterRepentance and ForgivenessLuke
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Exodus 28-31: Priesthood
ExodusChapter StudyAaronPriesthoodSacrifice
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Would You Rather?: Feed vs. Heal
Would You RatherSpiritual GIftsJohnMatthew
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Would You Rather?: Ask or Disobey
Would You RatherEstherDaniel
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Would You Rather?: Marriage vs. Singleness
Would You RatherRelationshipsLoveRepentance and ForgivenessHoseaPaul
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Would You Rather?: Plagues vs. Famine
Would You RatherPlaguesExodus
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Would You Rather?: Rahab vs. Mary
Would You RatherRahabMary & JosephWomen
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Irony
Literary Devices
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Allegory
Literary DevicesAllegoryGarden of EdenGenesisFeasts & Holy DaysTempleEsther
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Anthology
Literary DevicesAnthology
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Exodus 35-40: The Tabernacle & Priesthood Pt. 2
ExodusChapter Study
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Exodus 24-27: The Tabernacle
ExodusChapter StudyTempleMosesLeadership
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Exodus 23: Feasts
ExodusChapter StudyFeasts & Holy DaysPentecostTabernaclesUnleavened Bread
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Introduction to God
Lessons LearnedGenesis
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Genesis 24-26: Isaac, the Second Patriarch
GenesisChapter StudyIsaacRebekahJacobEdomIshmaelCovenantGenealogyPhilistine
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Obadiah 1: Woe to Edom
Chapter StudyObadiahEdomProphecy
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Esther 1: The Demise of a Queen
WomenEstherPersiaChapter Study
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Ruth 4: The Legacy
RuthChapter StudyWomenBoazMessiahRahabTamarGenealogy
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Genesis 11: The Tower of Babel
GenesisChapter StudyBabylonNimrodCommunicationIrony
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Genesis 4: Cain and Abel
CainAbelSacrificeMurderJealousyAngerGenesisChapter Study
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Genesis 3: The Fall of Man
AdamEveSatanGarden of EdenMessianic ProphecySacrificeGenesisChapter StudyIrony
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Exodus 21-23: Expansion of the Law
Chapter StudyExodusPovertyRacismMoneyLawWitchcraftMurderAnimals
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Do Not Commit Adultery
CommandmentsLawAdulteryDavid
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Do Not Kill
CommandmentsLawMurderAngerExodusDeuteronomy
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Honor Thy Mother and Father
CommandmentsLawRelationshipsHamDeuteronomyExodus
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No Graven Images
CommandmentsLawFalse Deities and Prophets
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No Other Gods
CommandmentsLawFalse Deities and ProphetsExodusDeuteronomy
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Exodus 14-17: Leaving Egypt
ExodusChapter StudyEgyptPhilistineMosesMiriamWomenWildernessWaterAmalakitesNames of GodFire
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Exodus 2-4: Raising Up A Leader
MosesAaronMidianEgyptMessiahExodusChapter StudyFire
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Exodus 5-13: The Ten Plagues (and Passover)
PlaguesEgyptExodusMosesAaronPassoverFeasts & Holy DaysChapter StudyGenocide
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Leviticus 23: Feasts & Holy Days
LeviticusChapter StudyFeasts & Holy DaysPassoverDay of AtonementTabernaclesPentecost
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Nehemiah 7-11: Restoration of Jerusalem
NehemiahChapter StudyTithesGenealogyRepentance and ForgivenessSalvationFeasts & Holy Days
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Esther 8-10: Purim
EstherChapter StudyPurimFeasts & Holy Days
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Leviticus 16: Atonement
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeFeasts & Holy DaysSabbath
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Leviticus 21-22: More on Priests
LeviticusChapter StudyPriesthoodLeviRelationships
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Nehemiah 12-13: Dedication of the Wall
NehemiahChapter Study
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Ezra 2: Those Who Returned
Chapter StudyEzraGenealogy
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Nehemiah 4-6: Opposition
NehemiahChapter StudyMoneySatan
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Nehemiah 3: Rebuilding the Wall
NehemiahChapter StudyJerusalemWomenMessianic Prophecy
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Nehemiah 2: Back to Jerusalem
NehemiahChapter StudyApologeticsJerusalemLeadershipPersia
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Nehemiah 1: Who is Nehemiah?
Chapter StudyNehemiahJudahPersiaCaptivityJerusalemLeadership
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Esther 6&7: Victory
EstherChapter StudyWomenPersiaIrony
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Esther 3-5: The Threat to the Jews
EstherChapter StudyWomenFastingRacismGenocide
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Esther 2: The Rise of Queen Esther
EstherChapter StudyBenjaminWomenPersia
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Leviticus 11-12: Clean and Unclean
LeviticusChapter StudyClean and UncleanFood and Diet
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Leviticus 14-15: Unclean Buildings & Unclean Flesh
LeviticusChapter StudyClean and Unclean
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Leviticus 13-14: Skin Diseases & Leprosy
LeviticusChapter Study
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The Creation and Purpose of Women
WomenEveGenesisGarden of EdenYouTube
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Who Was Jezebel?
JezebelCharacter StudyWomenRacism1 Kings2 KingsRevelationYouTube
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Ruth 3: The Redeeming Relative
RelationshipsBoazRuthChapter Study
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Ruth 1: In the Land of Moab
Chapter StudyRuthWomenMoabBoazRelationshipsFamine
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Ruth 2: The Fields of Boaz
PovertyRelationshipsBoazRuthChapter StudyAllegoryMessiah
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Leviticus 1-6: Offerings
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeOaths and Vows
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Aaron
AaronExodusCharacter StudyLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomy
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Moses
MosesExodusCharacter StudyLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomy
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Mediate Like Abigail
Abigail1 SamuelDavidCharacter StudyWomenYouTube
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Dinah
Character StudyGenesisWomenSexual AssaultDinahJacobLeahLeviSimeonYouTube
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Joseph, son of Jacob
JosephMiracle BirthMental HealthGenesisCharacter Study
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Tamar, daughter of David
Character StudyTamarWomenSexual Assault2 Samuel
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The Life of Leah
LeahJacobGenesisRelationshipsLeviJudahZebulunIssacharDinahSimeonRuebenCharacter StudyRachel
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You Are What You Eat: Introduction
Food and DietClean and Unclean
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1 Kings 1-2: Solomon Crowned King
1 KingsChapter StudySolomonDavidWomenDeath
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1 Kings 3-4: A Mother’s Love
1 KingsChapter StudyWisdomWomenWealthSymbolismThe Church
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1 Kings 5-8: Solomon’s Temple
1 KingsChapter StudyTempleTyreApologeticsSacrificeSolomon
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1 Kings 9-10: Solomon’s Reputation and Wealth
1 KingsChapter StudySolomonMoneyTyreEthiopia
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1 Kings 11: Solomon’s Downfall
1 KingsChapter StudyEgyptSolomonRelationshipsIdolatry
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1 Kings 12: The Division of Israel
1 KingsChapter StudyLeadershipIdolatryRehoboamJeroboamDivision of Israel
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1 Kings 13-14: Rehoboam & Jeroboam
1 KingsChapter StudyRehoboamJeroboamIdolatry
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1 Kings 15: Abijam, Asa, Nadab, & Baasha
1 KingsChapter StudyIdolatryDivision of IsraelLeadership
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1 Kings 16: A Series of Coups
1 KingsChapter StudyLeadershipIssachar
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1 Kings 17-19: Elijah, Ahab, and Jezebel
1 KingsChapter StudyElijahJezebelAhabElishaIdolatryMiraclesMental HealthSyriaResurrection
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1 Kings 20: The Syrian War
1 KingsChapter StudySyriaElijah
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1 Kings 21: Jezebel Kills Naboth
1 KingsChapter StudyAhabJezebelElijahCovet
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1 Kings 22: Jehoshaphat Makes Peace
1 KingsChapter StudyJehoshaphatAhaziah/JehoahazSyriaIdolatryAhabElijah
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2 Kings 9-10: Jehu
2 KingsChapter StudyElishaJezebelAhab
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2 Kings 8: New Leaders
2 KingsChapter StudySyriaElishaAhaziah/JehoahazAthaliah
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2 Kings 4-8: Elisha’s Miracles
2 KingsChapter StudyMiraclesResurrectionElishaSyriaAngelsSamaria
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2 Kings 3: Jehoram (Israel)
2 KingsChapter StudyJehoramElishaMiraclesMoab
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2 Kings 2: Elisha Succeeds Elijah
2 KingsChapter StudyElijahElishaDeathFireWater
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2 Kings 1: Ahaziah
2 KingsChapter StudyAhaziah/JehoahazDeathElijah
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Ecclesiastes 12: The Meaning of Life
EcclesiastesChapter StudyDeathRepentance and ForgivenessWisdom
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Ecclesiastes 11: Invest in Life
EcclesiastesChapter StudyNature
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The Gospels
MatthewMarkLukeJohn
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Ecclesiastes 8-10: Wisdom
EcclesiastesChapter StudyCommandmentsLeadershipDeathMoney
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Ecclesiastes 7: Wise Sayings
EcclesiastesChapter StudyWisdomDeathWomenAngerFalse Doctrine
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Ecclesiastes 5-6: Religion & Wealth
EcclesiastesChapter StudyPovertyMoneyCommunicationOaths and Vows
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Ecclesiastes 4: Don’t Go Through Life Alone
EcclesiastesChapter StudyRelationships
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Ecclesiastes 3: A Time For Everything
EcclesiastesChapter StudyDeathSeasons
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Ecclesiastes 1-2: The Futility of Life
Chapter StudyEcclesiastesWaterDeathMoneyWisdom
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Psalms 51-55
Chapter StudyPsalmsDavidSacrificeCommunication
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Psalms 41-50
Chapter StudyPsalmsBook 1Book 2PovertyRelationshipsBaptismMoney
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Psalms 31-40
Chapter StudyPsalmsRepentance and ForgivenessCommunicationMessianic ProphecyBook 1
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Psalms 11-20
Chapter StudyPsalmsBook 1DeathPovertyMessianic ProphecyJobJosephAbrahamMosesPatiencePeace
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Psalms 21-30
Chapter StudyPsalmsMessianic ProphecyBook 1DeathLeadershipIntercessory PrayerDavid
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Proverbs 31: A Virtuous Woman
ProverbsChapter StudyPovertyDrunkennessWomen
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Proverbs 30: Agur’s Proverbs
ProverbsChapter StudyWisdomDeathAnimals
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Proverbs 25-29: Hezekiah’s Collection
ProverbsChapter StudyHezekiahPridePovertyAngerMoney
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Proverbs 23&24: Saying of the Wise
ProverbsChapter StudyWisdomAdulteryLying
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Proverbs 10-22: More of Solomon’s Wisdom
ProverbsChapter StudyPrideWisdomAngerRepentance and ForgivenessWomenJusticeLyingCommandmentsRelationshipsMoney
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Proverbs 1-9: Exhortations and Warnings
ProverbsChapter StudySolomonWisdomSymbolismAdulteryWomenPeace
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Job 41-42: God’s Final Word
JobChapter StudyAnimalsWaterRepentance and Forgiveness
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Job 38-40: God Speaks
JobChapter StudyAnimalsScience
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Job 32-37: Elihu Intervenes
JobChapter StudyScienceWaterPrideWisdom
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Job 28-31: Job’s Monologue
JobChapter StudyScienceJusticeWisdom
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Job 22-27: The Third Responses
JobChapter StudyScienceJustice
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Job 15-21: The Second Responses
JobChapter StudyMental Health
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Questions About Passover
PassoverFeasts & Holy DaysUnleavened Bread
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Jonah 4: Selfish Righteousness
JonahChapter StudyAngerMental HealthRepentance and ForgivenessAssyria
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Job 4-14: The First Responses
JobChapter StudyRelationships
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Job 2-3: A Conversation with Friends
JobChapter StudyMental HealthRelationshipsDeath
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Jonah 1: Running From God
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Job 1&2: The Fall of Job
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Joshua 23-24: The Last Days of Joshua
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Joshua 22: East vs. West
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Joshua 20-21: Cities of Refuge
JoshuaChapter StudyAaronLeviPriesthoodMurder
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Joshua 18-19: Dividing the Land (Benjamin, Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, Dan)
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Joshua 14-15: Dividing the Land (Judah)
JoshuaChapter StudyCalebJudah
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Joshua 12&13: Conquered Lands
JoshuaChapter StudyDivision of IsraelCanaanPhilistineAmmonSyria
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Joshua 13: Dividing the Land (Gad, Rueben, and Manasseh)
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Joshua 10-11: The Southern & Northern Campaigns
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Joshua 9&10: The Gibeonites
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Joshua 7&8: The Battle of Ai
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Joshua 6: The Battle of Jericho
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Hagar
Character StudyHagarWomenSarahAbrahamIshmael
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Psalms 1-10
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Joshua 5: Ceremonies in the Promised Land
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Joshua 3-4: Crossing the Jordan River
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Joshua 2: Spies in the Land
JoshuaChapter StudyRahabWomenLyingFaith
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Joshua 1: Preparation
JoshuaChapter StudyLeadershipCovenantJoshua (person)Law
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2 Chronicles 36: Captivity of Judah
2 ChroniclesChapter StudyBabylonCaptivityNebuchadnezzarEliakim/JehoiakimAhaziah/JehoahazZedekiah
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2 Chronicles 34-35: Josiah
2 ChroniclesChapter StudyJosiahJoashEgyptPassoverTemple Furnishings
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2 Kings 16-17: The Northern Kingdom Captured
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2 Chronicles 33: Manasseh & Amon
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2 Chronicles 29-32: Hezekiah
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2 Chronicles 28: Ahaz
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2 Chronicles 27: Jotham
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2 Chronicles 26: Uzziah
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2 Chronicles 25: Amaziah
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2 Chronicles 23-24: Athaliah and Joash
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2 Chronicles 22: Ahaziah and Athaliah
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2 Chronicles 21: Jehoram
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2 Chronicles 17-20: Jehoshaphat
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2 Chronicles 14-16: Asa
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2 Chronicles 13: Abijah
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2 Chronicles 10-12: Rehoboam & The Division of Israel
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2 Chronicles 8-10: Queen of Sheba
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2 Chronicles 1-7: Solomon Builds the Temple
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Song of Solomon 7-8: A Second Spring Invitation and Happily Ever After
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Song of Solomon 5-7: The Second Night of Separation
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Song of Solomon 3-5: The Wedding
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Song of Solomon 3: Night of Separation
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Song of Solomon 2: Spring Invitation
Song of SolomonChapter StudyRelationships
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Song of Solomon 1-2: The Love Story Begins
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Isaiah 59-66: The Program of Peace
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Isaiah 49-58: The Prince of Peace
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Isaiah 40-48: The Purpose of Peace
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Isaiah 34-39: A Judgement and A Future
IsaiahChapter StudyDeathJudgementHezekiahEdomFalse Doctrine
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Isaiah 29-33: Woe to the Unbeliever
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Isaiah 28: Don’t Drink and Preach
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Isaiah 24: All the Earth
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Isaiah 23: Tyre
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Isaiah 22: Eat, Drink, & Be Merry
IsaiahChapter StudyMessianic ProphecyCaptivityProphecy
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Isaiah 25-27: Songs
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Isaiah 21: Edom & Arabia
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Isaiah 21: The Fall of Babylon
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Isaiah 20: Prophesying in the Nude
IsaiahChapter StudyEgyptProphecy
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Isaiah 19: Egypt
IsaiahChapter StudyProphecyEgyptSymbolism
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Isaiah 18: The Unnamed Nation
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Isaiah 17: Damascus/Syria
IsaiahChapter StudyJudgementProphecyAssyriaSyria
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Isaiah 12: Praise God with Song
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Isaiah 13: Babylon is Fallen, is Fallen
IsaiahChapter StudyProphecyBabylonPersiaSymbolism
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Isaiah 14: Satan’s Origin Story?
IsaiahChapter StudyPhilistineSatanProphecyBabylonDeathWater
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Isaiah 15-16: Moab
IsaiahChapter StudyProphecyMoabCaptivity
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Isaiah 11: The Lion and the Lamb
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Isaiah 10: Woe to those Who Oppress the Poor
IsaiahChapter StudyPovertyAssyriaProphecy
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Isaiah 8: Concluding the Message to Ahaz
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Isaiah 7: Born of a Virgin
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Isaiah 7: A Prophecy for Ahaz
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Isaiah 6: A Glimpse of Angels
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Word Study: Apocalypse
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Isaiah 9: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
IsaiahChapter StudyEphraimManassehMessianic ProphecySatanJudgementRepentance and Forgiveness
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Isaiah 5: The 6 Woes
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Isaiah 4: Judgment of Israel (Pt. 3)
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Isaiah 3: Judgment of Israel (Pt. 2)
IsaiahChapter StudyFalse Deities and ProphetsWomenProphecyJudgement
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Isaiah 2: Judgment of Israel
IsaiahChapter StudyJudgementTempleProphecyFalse Deities and Prophets
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Isaiah 1: Judgment for Israel is Coming
IsaiahChapter StudyCaptivityRepentance and ForgivenessJudgement
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Cross Referencing the Books of Law
DeuteronomyNumbersLeviticusExodusGenesisLaw
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Leviticus 8-10: The Priesthood
LeviticusChapter StudyPriesthoodSacrifice
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Leviticus 6-7: Offering Laws
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeLawAaronPriesthood
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Amnon
2 SamuelCharacter StudyDavidTamarSexual ImoralitySexual Assault
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2 Samuel 13-19: Absalom’s Coup
Chapter Study2 SamuelDavidRelationshipsTamarWomenSexual ImoralitySexual AssaultRepentance and Forgiveness
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You Are What You Eat: Colossians 2
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Kings Discussed in 1 Kings

United Israel

πŸŸ₯Β Solomon starts off a great king. However his marriages to pagan women influence him greatly and at the end of his reign he turns to idolatry. Solomon is responsible for building the first Temple. (See

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1 Kings 9-10: Solomon’s Reputation and Wealth
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1 Kings 11: Solomon’s Downfall
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2 Chronicles 1-7: Solomon Builds the Temple
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2 Chronicles 8-10: Queen of Sheba
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Judah (Southern Kingdom)

🟨 Rehoboam sparked the split of Israel by 'tightening the leash' on the already frustrated northern tribes. His mother was Naamah, and she was an Ammonite. He fights Shishak, the king of Egypt during the 5th year of his reign. (See

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🟨 Abijah is also known as Abijam. He continues the war with the northern kingdom that his father began. His grandfather was Absalom, who tried to take the throne from Solomon (his other grandfather). (See

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🟨 Asa makes sweeping reforms in Judah on behalf of God. He gets rid of the sodomites and even removes his grandmother from her position because of her idolatry. Asa fights a war with Baasha of Israel. (See

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🟨 Jehoshaphat wanted peace with the northern kingdom; he became allies with Ahab and Ahaziah. (See

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Israel (Northern Kingdom)

🟧 Jeroboam sets his kingdom up for idolatry out of jealous and fear that northern Israelites would be sympathetic and drawn to the south due to their need to travel south to make offerings.

🟧 Nadab is killed by Baasha.

🟧 Baasha kills Nadab to usurp the throne. Once in power, he wars with Asa, king of Judah.

🟧 Elah reigns from Tirzah. He was assassinated by Zimri. (1 Kings 16)

🟧 Zimri kills Elah and usurps the throne.

🟧 Tibni and Omri fought for kingship. Both ruled as king for 5 years before Omri took sole kingship of the kingdom. 1 Kings 16:22 gives the impression that Omri's supporters may have killed Tibni. Tibni's relationship with God is not given, but Omri had a bad relationship with God.

🟧 Ahab was one of Israel's worst kings; he marries Jezebel and allows wonton idolatry to flourish. Ahab reigns during the ministry of Elijah, but he does not heed Elijah's warnings.

Lessons Learned: Corrupt Leaders Corrupt Society

I think it's quite fitting that I'm reading 1 & 2 Kings at the beginning of Trump's tenure as president of the United States. We're only nine days in and he's already causing quite the commotion. The leader of a nation has the power to effect how their citizens behave, as well as, the people in surrounding nations. When I was younger, I believed people were not likely to give up their morals for "the powers that be." However, that's exactly what happened just before the Holocaust. The Nazi's took over and suddenly everything changed for the Jews. Hate crimes have been on the rise since President Trump's campaign took off and now Muslims have been banned from re-entering the country. We want to believe the best about people, but bad leadership brings out the worst in people and unfortunately, the worse is there to be brought out.

1 Kings follows the monarchs of Israel, both as a united kingdom and as a divided kingdom. While there are a few decent leaders, most of the kings (particularly in the northern kingdom) are idolators who drive the Israelites into paganism. When these kings sanction pagan sacrifices and worship, the people follow suit. It probably started with those who just wanted a seat at the table, so to speak. Like in the world today, there are people who will easily give up their morals for money or power. Once the powerful players are corrupted, society follows suit from peer pressure. Suddenly, those who are trying to do the right thing are the minority and ostracized for their beliefs. In Israel, prophets like Elijah were hunted down for staying true to God, just as people who try to adhere to God's word today are often criticized.

Over the next four years (if we make it that far), I expect to see the hate that Donald Trump has been normalizing to spill into our day-to-day lives. However, we must be like Elijah and stand firm in the love and compassion God has given us through His spirit.

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References & Footnotes

  1. William MacDonald.Β Believer's Bible Commentary, pg. 350. 1995
  2. David Malick. "An Introduction to the Books of First and Second Kings".Β Bible.org. June 30, 2004