Introduction to 2 Kings

INTRODUCTION TO

2 KINGS

See the Introduction to 1 Kings for the introductory material.

A panel on the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, king of Assyria (858-824 BC). Here, Jehu, king of Israel (848-814 BC) pays tribute to Assyria’s Shalmaneser III.

A panel on the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, king of Assyria (858-824 BC). Here, Jehu, king of Israel (848-814 BC) pays tribute to Assyria’s Shalmaneser III.

OUTLINE

I.The Divided Kingdom: From Israel’s Ahaziah to the Fall of Israel (1:1-17:41)

A.Ahaziah and the prophet Elijah (1:1-18)

B.Elijah succeeded by Elisha (2:1-25)

C.Israel’s King Joram (3:1-27)

D.Elisha’s ministry of miracles (4:1-8:15)

E.Judah’s King Joram (8:16-24)

F.Judah’s King Ahaziah (8:25-29)

G.Israel’s King Jehu and the prophet Elisha (9:1-10:36)

H.Queen Athaliah (11:1-16)

I.Three good kings: Joash, Amaziah, Azariah (11:17-15:7)

J.Five bad kings: Zechariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, Pekah (15:8-31)

K.Jotham (15:32-38)

L.Ahaz (16:1-20)

M.Hoshea and God’s indictment against Israel (17:1-41)

II.The Kingdom of Judah: From King Hezekiah to the Captivity (18:1-25:30)

A.Revival under Hezekiah and apostasy (18:1-21:26)

B.Revival under Josiah and apostasy (22:1-25:7)

C.Jerusalem falls to the Babylonians (25:8-30)

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