11th book of the BIBLE, Old Testament and 6th among the 12 historical books
1 Kings covers the 120 year period
The united Kingdom was divided to become the Divided Kingdom.
Northern Kingdom of Israel – 10 tribes.
Southern Kingdom of Judah – 2 tribes.
Four major events in 1 Kings:
The division of the Kingdom
1 Kings is a record of disobedience, idolatry, and ungodliness which serve as an explanation for the Assyrian Captivity of Israel in 721 B.C. and the Babylonian Captivity of Judah some 135 years later in 586 B.C
The divided kingdom brought:
Two sets of kings
Continual strife and conflict, sometimes resulting in war.
The northern kingdom is plagued by apostasy.
Of all the northern and southern kings listed in 1 Kings, only Asa (15:9-24) and Jehoshaphat (22:41-50) do what is right in God’s eyes
Solomon’s great request: 1 Kings 3:9