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Pleading their case to King Solomon, girls roommates declare an identical toddler son—while neither claims the useless one. Pointing an indignant finger on the dwelling baby, who’s dangling prior to a soldier’s sword, one of many ladies encourages King Solomon to hold out his threat—split the boy so each one lady will get part. Solomon is aware correct then that she’s no longer the mum. And Israelites be aware of they’ve obtained a sensible king. FROM GLORY TO disgrace, KINGS paved the way King David grows outdated. On his deathbed he broadcasts that Israel’s subsequent king would be the son he had with Bathsheba: Solomon. for the reason that David has already overpowered Israel’s enemies, Solomon is unfastened to enhance the state. For forty years—Israel’s such a lot wonderful generation—he reigns in prosperity and peace. in the course of that point, he builds Israel’s first everlasting worship middle, a temple in Jerusalem. Then he provides a palace, and he fortifies towns all through Israel, making them more uncomplicated to guard. Solomon’s largest declare to popularity, in spite of the fact that, is his knowledge. but he marries 1,000 ladies— now not relatively clever. In his previous age, those ladies entice him into worshipping their idols. For this sin, God pronounces that Solomon’s dynasty will lead just a fraction of Israel—just the only tribe of Judah. After Solomon dies, his son threatens to tax the folk much more harshly than Solomon had performed. So the northern tribes secede from the union and shape their very own nation: Israel. The southern country takes the identify of Judah, after the tribe. Bible writers supply the kings of Israel a bad review, calling them males who do “evil within the Lord’s sight. ” of the worst rulers are Ahab and Jezebel. lots of Judah’s kings get undesirable marks, too. So God begins sending prophets like Elijah and Elisha. They warn the Jewish leaders that God will punish their countries until the Israelites honor their contract to obey him. commonly, unfortunately, the kings forget about God’s prophets. major aspect: Israel splits into countries, north and south. It’s God’s punishment simply because King Solomon led the Israelites into worshipping idols. author: Unknown. First and moment Kings have been initially one e-book. a few century ahead of Jesus used to be born, students translating the Jewish scriptures into Greek cut up this e-book in part so it's going to healthy on regular-sized scrolls. The tales during this two-part ebook stretch approximately four hundred years, from the time of David till invaders spoil Jerusalem in 586 BC. that suggests the author or editors most likely compiled the fabric from royal documents and different assets someday later—perhaps whereas the Jews have been nonetheless exiled in what's now Iraq, then known as Babylon. DATE: The tales in I Kings hide a bit greater than a century. they begin in the course of the ultimate years of David’s reign, which resulted in approximately 970 BC. and so they proceed many years earlier the demise of King Ahab in approximately 850 BC. position: Israel HOW SOLOMON’S mother topped him king [Bathsheba to demise David:] “All Israel is looking ahead to you to announce who turns into king once you. in case you don't act, my son Solomon and that i could be handled as criminals once my lord the king has died.