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Friday, May 2, 2014

Day 57 - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - 1 Kings 1 - 4 Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day 57 

1 Kings 1 - 4

Bible Time Period:  Royal Kingdom 
You established a kingdom on your servant David and promised him an eternal throne:  Establish your kingdom in our midst.

Prayer of Solomon 
"You have shown great favor to your servant, my father David, because he behaved faithfully toward you, with justice and an upright heart; and you have continued this great favor toward him, even today, seating a son of his on his throne,  O Lord, my God, you have made me, your servant, king to succeed my father David; but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act.  I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be numbers or counted.  Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong."  (1Kings 3:6 -9)

In the Hebrew canon, 1 and 2 Kings come after Samuel as the fourth of the former prophets:  Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. 

Jewish tradition makes the prophet Jeremiah the author of the books of Kings (the same tradition claims Samuel as the author of the books of Samuel).  Modern scholarship is disinclined to accept this judgment of the rabbis and is content to regard the author as unknown.

First and Second Kings are divided into three main parts, focusing on the reign of Solomon, the divided kingdom, and the fate of the kingdom of Judah.  

The books of Kings offer a history of the kings of Israel and Judah from the end of the reign of David to the conquest of Jerusalem and the collapse of the Davidic monarchy in 586 B.C. (Catholic Bible Dictionary, General Editor, Scott Hahn, page 514 - 516)

Today's Reading
1 Kings 1 - 4 

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Judgment of Solomon (1 Kings 3) - Nicholas Poussin

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