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Mobile Ed: OT325 Book Study: 1 & 2 Kings (8 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: OT325 Book Study: 1 & 2 Kings (8 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2016

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Learn how various literary, historical, and theological issues shape 1 & 2 Kings with Dr. David Lamb. Uncover the key themes of spiritual truth, obedience, idolatry, God’s promises, and prayer.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introductory Issues

  • Why Study Kings?
  • Kings and the Canon
  • Confusion about Kings and Kingdoms

Unit 2: Literary Issues

  • Composition of Kings
  • The Royal Annals
  • How Were the Royal Annals Used?
  • Other Possible Sources
  • Deuteronomistic Redaction
  • Kings and Regnal Formulas: Israelite Regnal Formulas
  • Kings and Regnal Formulas: Judaean Regnal Formulas
  • Kings and Regnal Formulas: The Purpose of Regnal Formulas
  • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Terms
  • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Figures
  • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Speech
  • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Deeds
  • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Narratives
  • Prophets and Prophetic Narratives: Prophetic Sources

Unit 3: Historical Issues

  • Historiography and the Book of Kings
  • Relationships with the Three Surrounding Empires: Egypt
  • Relationships with the Three Surrounding Empires: Assyria
  • Relationships with the Three Surrounding Empires: Babylon
  • Relationships with the Six Neighboring Nations: The First Five
  • Relationships with the Six Neighboring Nations: Aram
  • Rulers of Israel and Judah in External Sources
  • Rulers in Seals and Seal Impressions
  • Chronology Problems and Responses
  • Chronology Solutions and Dating Conventions
  • Chronology Solutions and Co-Regencies
  • Israel’s Early Story: Genesis and Exodus
  • Israel’s Early Story: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Samuel

Unit 4: Theological Issues

  • Disobedience and Judgments: Greed and Prophetic Disrespect
  • Disobedience and Judgments: Lions and Intermarriage
  • Worship and Idolatry
  • Dynastic Oracles
  • Prophets, Priests, and Kings in Spiritual Leadership
  • Women in Spiritual Leadership

Unit 5: The United Monarchy under Solomon (1 Kings 1–11)

  • Solomon’s Rise
  • Solomon’s Wisdom
  • Solomon’s Wisdom: The Two Prostitutes
  • Solomon’s Temple
  • Solomons’ Temple and Dynastic Promises
  • Solomon’s Fall
  • Few Finish Well

Unit 6: The Divided Monarchy: The Early Years (1 Kings 12–16:28)

  • Jeroboam I and Prophets Getting Eaten by Lions
  • Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa in Judah; and Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, and Omri in Israel

Unit 7: The Divided Monarchy: Elijah and Northern Israel (1 Kings 16:29–2 Kings 2:12)

  • Ahab, Jezebel, Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
  • Elijah’s Victory on Mount Carmel
  • Elijah the Suicidal Prophet
  • Ahab’s Battles with Aram
  • Elijah’s Final Days

Unit 8: The Divided Monarchy: Elisha and the Northern Kings (2 Kings 2:13–8:29)

  • Elisha’s Early Ministry: Elisha, the Boys, and the Bears
  • Mesha, Moab, and Miracles
  • Elisha and Aram
  • The Lost Ax Head and Elisha, the Kings, and the Horses
  • Lepers Sharing the Good News, a Bad Marriage, and Elisha the Kingmaker

Unit 9: The Divided Monarchy: The Final Years (2 Kings 9–17)

  • Israel: Righteous Jehu’s Bloody Revolution
  • Judah: Righteous Jehoash’s Temple Reparations
  • Israel: Jehu’s heirs (Jehoahaz, Jehoash, Jeroboam II, and Zechariah)
  • Judah: Amaziah, Azariah, Jotham, and Ahaz
  • Israel: Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, Pekah, Hoshea; Conquered and Exiled by Assyria

Unit 10: The Kingdom of Judah Alone (2 Kings 18–25)

  • Hezekiah and Sons Manasseh and Amon
  • Hezekiah’s Prayer
  • Hezekiah’s Healing
  • Josiah’s Reformation
  • Josiah’s Sons

About David Lamb

Dr. David Lamb is associate professor of Old Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has been teaching Old Testament at Biblical Seminary since 2006, and has been blogging ( since the spring of 2011. His dissertation, Righteous Jehu and His Evil Heirs, was published in 2007 (Oxford) and his book God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? was published in 2011 (InterVarsity Press).

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