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Kings, Books of
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The two Books of Kings were originally one. The LXX divided them and put them with the two Books of Samuel to form the four books Basileiōn (of kingdoms, of reigns) dealing with the monarchy. The Vg followed this arrangement with its four books Regum (of kings). The division came into the Hebrew Bible in the 15th and 16th centuries.

1. Contents

Kings may be divided into three parts:

1. 1 Kings 1–11, the age of Solomon;

2. 1 Kings 12–2 Kings 17, the age of the divided kingdoms; and

3. 2 Kings 18–25, Judah after th…

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Würthwein, Ernst, “Kings, Books of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_K71>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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