The Book of 2 Kings preserves a record of the kings of Israel and Judah, summarizing their kingly actions as well as their interactions with the prophets.
The Books of 1 and 2 Kings record and interpret the reigns of all the kings of Israel and Judah (except Saul).
The book bears the marks of single rather than multiple authorship.
The identity of that author is unknown. Some speculate he may have been an exile who lived in Babylon.
The last event recorded in 2 Kings is the release of Jehoiachin from prison. That took place in the 37th year of his imprisonment, which was 560 BC.
Therefore 1 and 2 Kings were not written before then.
But the author does not mention the return of the Jewish exiles from their Babylonian Captivity. That took place in 538 BC.
Thus 1 and 2 Kings can be dated to between 560 and 538 BC.
The author preserves a record of the kings of Israel and Judah, summarizing their kingly actions as well as their interactions with the prophets.
But more importantly, the author preserves the lessons of history. Did each king live by the Law of Moses? Why did the nations decline? How widespread was idolatry among the people of the LORD God?
THE KINGS AFTER SOLOMON
2 Kings 2:14-18. Elisha splits the river [miracle #1]
2 Kings 2:23-25. Bears kill 42 abusive youths [miracle #3]
2 Kings 4:1-7. Elisha multiplies a widow’s oil [miracle #4]
2 Kings 4:8-17. A woman becomes pregnant [miracle #5]
2 Kings 4:18-37. Elisha brings a dead man to life [miracle #6]
2 Kings 4:38-41. Elisha makes poisonous food safe [miracle #7]
2 Kings 4:42-44. Elisha multiplies loaves [miracle #8]
2 Kings 5:1-14. Elisha heals Captain Naaman [miracle #9]
2 Kings 6:1-7. Elisha makes an axe head float [miracle #10]
2 Kings 13:1-9. Jehoahaz becomes king of Israel
THE EVIL REIGN OF JEHOASH IN ISRAEL
2 Kings 13:10-13. Jehoash becomes king of Israel
2 Kings 13:14-25. The death of Elisha
2 Kings 14:1-22. Amaziah becomes king in Judah
2 Kings 14: 23-29. Jeroboam II becomes king in Israel
2 Kings 15:1-7. Azariah (Uzziah) becomes king in Judah
2 Kings 15:8-38. A succession of evil kings in Israel
2 Kings 16:1-20. Ahaz becomes king of Judah
2 Kings 17:1-5. Hoshea becomes king of Israel
2 Kings 17:6-23. The fall of Israel
2 Kings 17:24-41. Foreigners settle in Israel
THE SURVING KINGDOM OF JUDAH
2 Kings 18:1-2. Hezekiah becomes king of Judah
2 Kings 18:13-37. Assyria invades Judah
2 Kings 19:1-19. Hezekiah seeks the LORD
2 Kings 19:20-37. Isaiah prophesies victory
2 Kings 20:1-11. Hezekiah recovers from grave illness
2 Kings 20:12-21. Envoys from Babylon
2 Kings 21:1-18. Manasseh becomes king of Judah
2 Kings 21:19-26. Amon becomes king of Judah
2 Kings 22:1-7. Josiah becomes king of Judah
2 Kings 22:8-13. Hilkiah finds a copy of the Scriptures
2 Kings 22:14-20. Huldah the prophetess instructs the king
2 Kings 23:1-20. Restoration under King Josiah
2 Kings 23:21-30. Josiah restores the Passover
2 Kings 23:31-33. Jehoahaz becomes king of Judah
2 Kings 23:34-37. Jehoiakim becomes king of Judah
2 Kings 24:1-7. Pressure from Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon
2 Kings 24:8-17. Jehoiachin becomes king of Judah
2 Kings 24:18-20. Zedekiah becomes king of Judah
2 Kings 25:1-7. The fall of Jerusalem
JUDAH UNDER BABYLONIAN GOVERNMENT
2 Kings 25:8-20. The Temple destroyed
2 Kings 25:20. The survivors marched into exile
2 Kings 25:22-26. Gedaliah appointed governor of Judah
2 Kings 25:27-30. Jehoiachin released from prison
2 Kings 2:9. When they had gone over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be on me.”
2 Kings 6:16. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (NIV translation)
2 Kings 6:17. And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (NIV translation)
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