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Fourth book of Neviim. Starts from the death of King David and reign of Shlomo,the building of the Beis Hamikdash. Continues with the splitting of Israel into two Kingdoms during the reign of Rechav'am ben Shlomo , all the Kings of both kingdoms until the exile of the Kingdom of Ephraim and finally the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash and the exile of the Kingdom of Judah

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Whose blood did Manasseh shed in Jerusalem & why?

I ask this question based on the below verses that indicate that G-d punished Judah because of the sins of Manasseh. Are there some scriptures / texts where I can find more details? 2 Kings 21:16 ...
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Why does this perek in Melachim Aleph not mention Achov's name?

This passage in Melachim continuously calls Achov "King of Israel". The perek before, it references him by name. When it comes to Yehoshafat, King of Yehudah, it says his name many times. ...
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How did King Shlomo have General Yoav killed in the tent of the Aron (that had an Altar too), didn't everything become impure?

By killing Yoav inside the tent the Aron and the Altar that were there became impure. Wasn't this a problem? See 1 Kings 2 (28 -34).
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Why didn't Yehoshafat intervene?

In Melachim 1:22:7-28 and in Divrei Hayamim 2:18:6-27 we're told that Yehoshafat joined his father-in-law Achav to do battle with Aram. Unsure of the future, they decide to ask prophets what will be ...
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Should one rend a garment when hearing an important teaching ‘late’?

I noticed that Yoshiyahu HaMelech tore his clothes when hearing Torah ‘late’ (2 Melachim 22:11). Presumably, because he realized he had been ignorant of what the Torah said and he now realized he had ...
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After the verdict between the two harlots was rendered what was the fate of the woman who lied to Melech Shlomo/King Solomon?

In I Kings 3:16-28 Shlomo Hamelech rendered the well-renowned verdict that made all of Yisrael stand in awe concerning the decision between the Two Harlots. Outside of the fact that the women were ...
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What happened to the prophets of Asherah in 1 Melachim 18?

Shalom. In 1 Melachim 18:19, Eliyahu gives Achab an order to summon ‘All Israel... together with the four hundred and fifty prophets of Ba’al and the four hundred prophets of Asherah’. However, when ...
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When did Adoniahu die?

When (day, month, year) did Adoniahu die, as according to the pasuk below? 1 Kings 2:24 And now, (as) the Lord lives, Who has established me, and set me on the throne of David, my father, and Who has ...
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When was Shlomo HaMelech anointed king?

When (day, month, year) was Shlomo HaMelech anointed king, as according to the pasuk below? 1 Kings 1:45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon, and they have ...
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Was Adonijah's grab of the throne, while David reigned, ever referred to, by any authorities, as a co-regency?

Was Adonijah's grab of the throne, while David reigned, ever referred to, by any authorities, as a co-regency? From Adonijah's self-exaltation (1 Kings 1:5) to self-debasement at the horns of the ...
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From Adonijah's self-exaltation to self-debasement at the horns of the altar, what was the time frame?

From Adonijah's self-exaltation to self-debasement at the horns of the altar, what was the time frame? From the time "Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying: 'I will be king'" (...
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Did Nathan HaNavi exaggerate the numbers of captains invited?

Did Nathan HaNavi exaggerate the numbers of captains invited? In 1 Kings 1:19, Bath-Sheba (under the coaching of Nathan HaNavi) reported to King David that Adonijah invited, among others, "the ...
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What is the significance of leaving out the suffix-“vav” and/or adding it to אֲדֹנִיָּה?

What is the significance of leaving out the suffix-"vav" and/or adding it to the name אֲדֹנִיָּה? Of the 15 times the name of the antagonist or bad character is mentioned in 1 Kings 1, three ...
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What became of Chileab ben David HaMelekh?

What became of Chileab ben David HaMelekh? Shmuel II - II Samuel - Chapter 3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the ...
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Who is this person named “Rei” in the Haftarah of Parashat Chayei Sarah?

Who is this person named "Rei" in the Haftarah of Parashat Chayei Sarah? Melachim I - I Kings - Chapter 1:8 And Zadok the priest and Benaiahu the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, ...
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What is the “benefit,” if any, of having one's spleen removed?

What is the "benefit," if any, of having one's spleen removed? Melachim I - I Kings - Chapter 1:5 "And Adoniahu the son of Haggith exalted himself saying: 'I will be king,' and he made ...
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Can “round” refer to an ellipse, in the case that ratio of circumference to length is 3:1?

As quoted in Eruvin 14a, from Kings I 7:23, we know that Shlomo's pool was round, measuring 10 across and 30 around. There have been discussions about how the ratio of these (3:1) is only an ...
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Contradiction in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles?

In 2 Kings 24:8 it says "Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.&...
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Book (or section of one) about the years of the Jewish kings and their variations depending on their actions?

As anyone who's learned Sefer Melachim knows, there are a lot of places where the years of the kings of Yehuda and Yisrael don't quite seem to match up. (See this question.) As an example, Rechavam ...
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Source for the miracle in the merit of oil

The haftarah for parshas Vayeira opens with the story in Melachim II chapter 4 of the widow of the prophet Ovadyah (as Rashi brings on 4:1) and the miracle Elisha performs for her. There is a famous ...
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2 Kings 3:27 a wrath came upon Israel

I would like to ask a question related to another question posted. Looking at 2 Kings 3:27 the wrath was caused after the sacrifice to an idol, yet it caused the Israelites to draw back, while they ...
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Why did Athaliah destroy all those of royal descent in 2 Kings 11:1?

Melachim II 11:1 "And Athaliah, Ahaziah's mother, saw that her son was dead, and she rose and destroyed all those of royal descent." What was her reason for killing those of royal stock?
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Chizkiyahu and Messengers from Bavel

I’m looking at Yeshayahu 39 and Melachim 2 20. What was so bad about Chizkiyahu showing his treasures to the king of Bavel? If it was so bad, why was he not punished personally? It seems unfair to ...
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1 Kings 9:3 vs. 1 Kings 9:7

We're struggling with 1 Kings 9, in particular verse 3 vs. verse 7. In verse 3: “I have consecrated this Temple which you have built to place My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart shall ...
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Why did God not accept the people's repentance in the days of King Yoshiyahu?

After a disastrous 57 years (the reigns of Menashe and his son Amon), during which idolatry was rampant in Judah and Judaism was threatened with extinction, the good king Yoshiyahu comes on the scene ...
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How can ancestors leave a makom l'hisgader?

The gemara in חולין on 6b / 7a (apologies, on mobile so can't provide link) discusses how the copper snake of Moshe should have been destroyed by earlier Kings (specifically referring to those kings ...
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What did Elijah say about Baal?

When Eliahu HaNavi confronted the prophets of Baal and they couldn't deliver, he told them [1Kings 18:27]: וַיְהִ֨י בַֽצָּהֳרַ֜יִם וַיְהַתֵּ֧ל בָּהֶ֣ם אֵלִיָּ֗הוּ וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ קִרְא֤וּ בְקוֹל־גָּדוֹל֙ ...
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What was the “cast sea” or “molten sea” יָם מוּצָק specifically used for and by whom?

What was the "cast sea" or "molten sea" יָם מוּצָק specifically used for and by whom? It appears to be also known as "Yam sheasah Shlomo". https://www.sefaria.org/Yoma.58b?lang=bi What was it used ...
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Who is Eliakim? Could he be both a son of the son of Hilkiah and Josiah?

In Kings II 18, Eliakim is the son of Hilkiah the kohen gadol, in Kings II 23 he is referred to as Jehoiakim son of Josiah. How could he be both?
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Understanding the reasoning of the woman who agreed with King Solomon to “cut the baby in half”

There's a famous story in I Kings 3:16-28 about Shlomo Hamelech. Two women who had just given birth around the same time appeared before him; one baby had died and one was alive and the women were ...
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Why didn’t Elisha ask Naaman to release his Jewish slavegirl?

I’m looking at Melachim 2 chapter 5. Why didn’t Elisha ask Naaman to release his Jewish slavegirl?
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Yehu punished for Yizre'el?

Hoshea 1:3-5: "So he went and married Gomer the daughter of Divlayim, and she conceived and bore him a son. HASHEM said to him," Call him Yizre'el; because in only a short time I will punish the ...
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How old was the Shunammite's son?

Roughly speaking, how old was the Shunammite's son when he died (2 Kings 4:18-37)? Since the account of his death directly succeeds the story of his conception (v. 8-17), I was under the assumption ...
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Meaning of II Kings 14:28 - “to Judah in/through Israel.”

II Kings 14:28(Chabad translation) says: "And the rest of the events of Jeroboam and all that he did and his mighty deeds, how he fought, and how he restored Damascus and Hamath to Judah through ...
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The boy in Zarephath died when Elijahu came. Why did not people die around Moshe?

My question is based on the premise that a difference in spiritual levels/righteousness between individuals can cause people to die, get sick, or receive some other form of punishment as evidenced by ...
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What actually happened to a prophet that got eaten by lion for sleeping

In I Kings 13 And behold a man of God came from Judah, at the command of the Lord, to Beth El, and Jeroboam was standing on the altar offering sacrifices. We got a story of a prophet that ...
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Why did Geviha ben Pesisa give the response that he gave to the Mitzri'im?

Sanhedrin 91a records the following exchange: שוב פעם אחת באו בני מצרים לדון עם ישראל לפני אלכסנדרוס מוקדון אמרו לו הרי הוא אומר (שמות יב, לו) וה' נתן את חן העם בעיני מצרים וישאילום תנו לנו כסף וזהב ...
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Three golden calfs

What are the similarities and differences between the story of the egel hazahav (golden calf) (Ki Sisa chapter 32) and the story of the two golden calves made by Jeroboam (I Melachim 12:28)?
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Why did the Davidic dynasty need to come from questionable relations?

On the one side of the family, we have the union between Tamar and Yehudah, which, while technically a fulfillment of Yibum, Yehudah thought she was a harlot. From this union came Peretz (Bereishis 38:...
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How exactly did Solomon determine the child's mother?

In 1 Kings 3:16–28, Solomon judges a dispute between two prostitutes about the parentage of a baby. Readings of the story that I have previously seen indicate that Solomon identifies the mother after ...
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Yoash what does it mean

I’ve a short question about the biblical name Yoash (יאש or יואש or יהואש, see e.g. מלכים ב:י"ב:ב), online I came across the meaning of: ‘HaShem has given’ or ‘Given by HaShem’, many times. But how ...
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How would the 'split the baby in half' situation be resolved according to halacha?

In 1 Kings 3:16-27 there is a story of two prostitutes who appear before King Shlomo, each having a newborn baby. One of the babies died and there was a dispute as to which one. There were no ...
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King Shlomo's request to listen to prayers - Why do Gentiles have it easier than Jews?

I'm reading Radak's explanation to Melachim (Kings) I 8:43. He explains that King Shlomo (Solomon) requests G-d to fulfill whatever a Gentile requests (Rad"ak explains whether he deserves it or not) ...
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A holistic explanation of King David's use of Avishag

Melachim 1:1: וְהַמֶּלֶךְ דָּוִד זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים וַיְכַסֻּהוּ בַּבְּגָדִים וְלֹא יִחַם לוֹ׃ King David was now old, advanced in years; and though they covered him with bedclothes, he never ...
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Aveira Lishma: Is it permissible to make a decision that contradicts Halacha because it is for the greater good?

The gemara in brachos 10a says that Chizkiyahu made the decision not to have children as he saw that his kids would be negative influences on the Jewish people. Then, Yeshayahu tells him that is not ...
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Who exactly were the youths of the Governors Melachim 1 Chapter 20

Melachim 1:14 And Ahab said, "With whom?" And he said, "Thus said the Lord, 'With the youths of the governors of the provinces.' " And he said: "Who will commandeer the battle?" And he said, "You." ...
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Why did Elijah the prophet pray for death?

Book 1 of Melachim (Kings) chapter 19 verses 3 -4 it says that Elijah Prays for death. And he saw, and he arose and went for his life, and he came to Beer Sheba which belonged to Judah. And he ...
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How much water could the tub Shlomo made hold?

In 1 Kings 7:26 it says the tub King Shlomo made for the Beit HaMikdash could hold 2,000 "בַּ֖ת" which various commentaries explain differently. However, whatever the proper translation in 2 Divrei ...
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Sefer haKabbalah: How long did Jehoshaphat reign?

In the book of Melachim Alef 22:42 it says: Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. Seder Olam (see here) agrees with ...
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Tribe of Hoshea Ben Eileh

What tribe was Hoshea Ben Eilah, the last king of Malchus Yisrael, from? Seder Hadoros says he was from Reuven, but in the same sentence it says that in his days Zechus Avos stopped. The thing is ...