Bible, Old Testament Stories

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Please use APA format with two more outside sources.

Please use the reading material to read the 3 chapters to
help answer the questions below.

Read: The Division of the Monarchy I: Solomon’s Reign
to the Northern Kingdom

Chapter 7 -The Old Testament Story (Israel’s monarch
descends into sin and the nation follows, soon breaking apart into two
kingdoms, the northern and the southern. The northern kingdom’s fall comes
first. )

I Kings

1.What were Solomon’s strengths and weaknesses as
a king?

2.What factors contributed to the negative
reaction of the northern tribes to Rehoboam?

3.Why did the worship of Baal appeal to the
Israelites so strongly?

4.Why did Ahab handle Elijah differently from the
way Jezebel dealt with him?

5.How are the portrayals of Elijah and Elisha
alike, and how do they differ?

Read: The Division of the Monarchy II: The Story of the
Southern Kingdom

Chapter 8 -The Old Testament Story (After the fall of the
northern kingdom the southern kingdom hangs on, if only for a little while,
before it too falls to enemy invasion. )

II Kings

6.What happened to bring an end to the hostilities
between Israel and Judah?

7.Who was Athaliah? Why is she a significant
figure in Israel’s story?

8.How did Judah manage to survive the Assyrian
invasions that destroyed Israel and Syria in the later eighth century (745-721
B.C.E.)?

9.How did Hezekiah prepare for a possible invasion
by the Assyrians during Sennacherib’s reign?

10.What possible physical evidence has been found
to confirm Hezekiah’s reform?

Read: The Exile and Restoration: Israel Redefined

Chapter 9 -The Old Testament Story (The Exile came as a
shock to the nation of Israel, north and south. After nearly 50 years away
their Persian captors allow them to return to begin the efforts to rebuild a
city, a temple and a covenant relationship with Yahweh. )

Lamentations; Ezra; Nehemiah

11.What does Lamentations tell us about conditions
in Jerusalem during the Babylonian siege?

12.What were the three major groups of Israelites
that formed in the wake of the Babylonian destruction, and how were they
related to each other?

13.How did Cyrus’ conquest of the Babylonians
affect the Jews in exile?

14.Assess the relative significance of Ezra and
Nehemiah to the Jerusalem community.

15.How did Ezra and Nehemiah address the issue of
foreign wives? Why?

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