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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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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 ...
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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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Why were the Jews commanded to destroy fruit trees when attacking Moav?

In 2 Melachim 3:24-25 it says They entered the Israelite camp, and the Israelites arose and attacked the Moabites, who fled before them. They advanced, constantly attacking the Moabites, and they ...
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Did he want his invitation?

In the Haftorah on Parashas Chayai Sarah,the beginning of Sefer Melochim,the pessukim describe Adoniyohu's failed attempt to get the throne. Nathan Hanovi complains to David Ha'Melech about how all ...
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Is the phrase “Coming of days” reserved for specific people?

I searched the phrase באים בימים (and related grammatical instances, such as בא בימים, etc.). It seems to occur regarding only these people: Avraham and Sarah - Breishit 18:11 Avraham alone - ...
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Why did Yonah not command circumcision on the people of Ninevah, especially in the light of the message of Teshuvah?

Why did Yonah not command circumcision on the people of Ninevah, especially in the light of the message of Teshuvah? Whether for the purpose of Teshuvah or not, Joseph did command circumcision on ...
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What was the reason King Jehoash had Zechariah killed?

What did Jeohash do to cause Zechariah to rebuke him which in turn caused King Jehoash to have Zechariah killed? Book 2 of Melachim chapter 12-14 Edit: my wrong: I thought that I learned it in book ...
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Hulda's Prophecy for Josiah, Fulfilled?

II Kings 22 narrates the discovery of a Torah scroll during Josiah's reign, his distress at the harrowing threats therein, and his emissary to the prophetess Hulda about their credibility in his day, ...
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Gechazi's accursed descendants

Elisha cursed Gechazi with permanent Tzaares for all his generations. Is this the root of modern day Psoriasis? note the similarity in sound of illness...
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Why does David refuse to kill Shimi b. Gera, but then later tell Shlomo to kill him?

II Samuel 16:5-14 And king David came to Bahurim and, behold, there came out of there a man from the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, coming forth and cursing. ...
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Visiting the prophet on Shabbat and Rosh Hodesh

Radak commentary on II Kings 4:23 explains that it was common for women to visit the prophet on Shabbat and Rosh Hodesh. Questions: When did this custom begin? The question that the husband asks the ...
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When The King Of Assyria Sent a Priest to The New “Inhabitants” of Israel Did the Priest Teach Them Correctly?

in Melachim II - II Kings - Chapter 17 Paragraph 24. it speaks about the King of Assyria sending foreign people into the land of Israel after exiling the Israelites to Assyria. The new "inhabitants" ...
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In Melachim 2 Chapter 6. It says the Aramean troops stopped invading the land of Israel but right after

But right after that it says that Israel was laid siege by the king of Aram. what's the idea here? Does it mean that those particular troops that were dealt with nicely by the king of Israel and ...
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Why were the pillars of Solomon's Temple named Boaz and Jachin?

Chapters 3-8 of 1 Kings highlight the positive achievements of King Solomon, focusing particularly on the construction of the Temple. It provides extensive details, including the names of the two ...
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Failed Prophecy of Elisha?

Elisha’s prophecy reads: “This is only a trifle in the sight of Hashem, for he will also hand Moab over to you. You shall conquer every fortified city and every choice city; every good tree you shall ...
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After Elijah claiming that he was the only zealot remaining that followed g-d a certain prophet tells Ahab that he will win the battle with Ben hadad

In the book of Kings chapter 20, after Elijah goes to Mount Horeb and speaks to G-d, he basically quits or gets fired, telling G-d that he's the only one left that still follows G-d. But then the text ...
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In Melachim (Book of Kings) Chapter 19: What is actually going on in paragraph 11

What is g-d trying to show Elijah, What is the whole point of the boulders being broken and fire and chaos that Elijah beheld, I don't get it because it then continues to also say "but g-d was not in ...
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How Could Jezebel, the Worshipper of Baal, be the Mother of Two Kings of Israel?

Jezebel was not Jewish by birth (Kings 1:16:31), nor do the verses say she converted. How did her two sons become kings of Israel and why didn't anybody like Elijah or Elisha (and later on especially ...
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How could Abijam and Asa both have the same mother if Asa was abijams son?

As the title. In Melachim chapter 15 it goes through the kings of Judah and it speaks about how Abijam was king and then he dies and his son Asa takes over but twice it says and his mother was maacah ...
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What tribe was Jehu from?

From which tribe did Jehu, King of Israel, descend?
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Why were there only two tablets in the ark?

In book 1 of Melachim (Kings) Chapter 8 it says that there were only 2 tablets in the Ark. What happened to the Mon (manna) and Moses' staff? Weren't they supposed to be in there as well?
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I Kings 21:29 “but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house” Where is the logic? [closed]

I Kings 21 .29 'Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before Me? because he humbleth himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days; but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house....
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In 1 Melachim 2, what does it mean Yoav took hold of the horns of the altar?

In book 1 of Melachim(Kings) Chapter 2,Yoav took hold of the horns of the altar. What is the significance of this? Was it like a safety net or was he praying to g-d?
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Does Jewish tradition hold the book of Jonah to be depicting historical events?

I recently heard some scholars attempt to date Jonah as a later (and hence fictional) work. Is it correct to assume that traditional Judaism considers Jonah to be a historical and accurate account of ...
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Why does the haftarah of Vayeira include the miracle of the oil?

The haftarah for Vayeira includes two stories about miracles performed by Elisha. The second one, concerning the Shunamite woman, seems clearly tied to the parsha: a woman is barren; she and her ...
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Was the tribe of Shimon part of the Kingdom of Israel or Judah?

It's clear from Sefer Yehoshua (Perek 19) and elsewhere in Tanach that the tribe of Shimon lived in an area scattered throughout the tribe of Yehudah. However, when the kingdom is divided between ...
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What happened to Michayhu?

As described in Ⅰ M'lachim 22 and Ⅱ Divre Hayamim 18, King Ach'av of Yisrael (the northern kingdom) suggested that King Y'hoshafat of Y'huda join him in battle against Aram. A number of Baal-...
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Understanding Megillah 3a

The gemarah megillah 3a expalians that were it not for the targum we would not understand the verse in Zecharya 12:11 which says there on that day the mourning in Jerusalem was like the mourning of ...
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Questions on David's order to kill Yoav

When David was dying, he gave a final speech to Shlomo Melachim I 2 . There he tells Shlomo to kill Yoav and Shimi ben Gera. Why are these his final instructions in the first place? I expect a ...
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Who are the ancestors of Abiather?

Who are the ancestors of Abiather, the High Priest that shared the office with Zadok before being exiled by Solomon? Can he be traced to Aaron? Was he related to Zadok?
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Was the Golden Calf associated with a particular deity?

Are the Golden Calves constructed by Aaron and Jeroboam affiliated with any specific deity? In Ugaritic literature Baal is portrayed as a bull mating with his sister Anat who was a female calf. Does ...
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The Priest-King's name

In Kings II ch. 15, עזריה, Azariah son of Amaziah is said to reign over Judah. During his reign he is stricken with leprosy and lives out his days in this state, while his son Jotham rules in his ...
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The Tyrian Smith's Name

Kings I ch. 7 tells of Solomon enlisting a Tyrian smith named חירם, Hiram to fashion many implements that were used in the Temple. Chronicles II ch. 2 speaks of the King of Tyre sending a smith named ...
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The Tyrian Smith's Lineage

Kings I ch. 7 tells of Solomon enlisting a Tyrian smith named Hiram to fashion many implements that were used in the Temple. He is said to be the orphaned son of a Tyrian man and a woman from Naphtali....
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How did the priests deal with excess blood during the Temple dedication?

What did the priests do with all the excess blood when Solomon dedicated the Temple? They sacrificed 22,000 head of cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats. That would be about 360,000 (US) gallons or 1.36 ...