School of Discipleship
A weekly class of Biblical and Theological Study for Adults
Winter 2023: 1 Kings
"Solomon" by Gustave Dore
This winter we are going to take a deep dive into the Hebrew Scriptures and study 1 Kings. Complied during the time of Babylonian exile, 1 & 2 Kings were originally one unit. The story in 1 Kings looks back to the end of King David's reign over a semi-nomadic people to the establishment of the Temple of Solomon and the unified kingdom.
The combined book of 1 & 2 Kings tells the story of the Judean and Israelite monarchies from time of a "united kingdom" under Solomon to its divisions after his death and leads to the destruction of Israel in 2 Kings 17 and the fall of Judea to the Babylonia empire in 2 Kings 24-25.
1 Kings also tells of of the prophet Elijah and his warnings to Ahab and Jezebel. Our class goal will be to discover how this ancient text is of any significance to us today.
Syllabus: 1 Kings
Reading Schedule: (please read the selection before the class date)
2/6 Chapter 1
2/13 No class, Pastor Don away: read Chapter 2
2/20 No Class: President's Day; read Chapter 3
2/27 Review Chapters 2, 3, and 4!
3/6 Chapters 5–7
3/13 Chapter 8
3/20 Chapter 9–10
3/27 Chapter 11
4/3 Chapters 12–14:20
4/10 Chapter 14:21–16
4/17 Chapters 17–18
4/24 Chapters 19–22