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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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Does one prophet ever prophesize to another in Tanach?

In 1 Kings 13 a prophet, whom Hazal identify as Iddo, receives a prophecy from another prophet. Are there any other times in Tanach where two people are identified in the text as being prophets where ...
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Does Rambam Rule that the Moshiach ben Yosef Concept Does Not Exist?

I'm currently in a discussion with a non-smicha guy who's publicly teaching these claims that the Rambam Absolutely and Halachically rejects the entire concept of the Messiah son of Yosef just because ...
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What are the oldest manuscripts of the Nevi'im books and specifically Melakhim?

I am especially interested in the oldest version of Melakhim/Kings, including any fragmentary sources like incomplete manuscripts in the dead sea scrolls.
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What is better about Damascus River than the Jordan River?

Although Naaman was likely arrogantly biased towards his homeland and again Israel, is there a legitimate reason why the general thought the Damascus River would heal his tzara'as more than the Jordan ...
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Golden tefillin for kings?

I heard in a shiur that Achav, as much as a רשע he was during his reign, actually was a very big תלמיד חכם in Torah knowledge and even wore golden tefilin all day long. Apparently all מלכי ישראל were ...
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Does Eilat belong to Bney Israel?

1 Kings 9:26 "King Solomon made a ship in Etzion Geber, which is beside Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom." Does Eilat (which spelling is also spelled Eloth) belong to &...
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Why does Rambam say "gentiles marriages' are not recognized" in Melachim uMilchamot, Chapter 8, verse 3?

He mentions this as he clarifies the rules about having relations with/marrying a captive during war: "Relations with a yefat toar are only permitted while she is in captivity as the verse states ...
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What’s the deal with צרויה?

Found out recently that צרויה as in (Yoav Ben Tzruyah) was actually Yoav’s mom and not his father. Why is Yoav constantly referred to as the son of his mother, when the Tanach norm is to use their ...
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How Prophets Reply and Help with Rashi

In Ezekiel 37:3 Then He said to me; "Son of man, can these bones become alive?" And I answered, "O Lord God, You [alone] know." Ezekiel replies by saying Hashem knows. In 2 Kings ...
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Splitting of Power between Judges and Kings

In Dvarim 16, G-d orders the Judges to judge the nation. In the next chapter the concept of a Jewish King is introduced. It seems like the Torah supports splitting of powers. On the other hand,from ...
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Solomon and Nebuchadnezzar

In 1 Kings 10:13, Rashi says there that: He cohabited with her and Nebuchadnezzar was born to her. He later destroyed the Temple that had stood 410 years in the territory of the twelve tribes. From ...
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Do any commentators equate 2 אֲחִיָּהs?

In 1 Shmuel 14:3 a Kohen named אֲחִיָּה carries the ephod and is a descendant of Eli who lived in Shiloh. In 1 Melachim 11 there is a similarly named person who is a prophet and is also from Shiloh. ...
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The Rediscovered Torah Scroll in the times of King Yoshiyahu [closed]

The following question was asked here a bunch of years ago, however it wasn't treated with any great sources or analysis, so here I am attempting to give the topic another shot. In Melachim 2, 22: and ...
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What changed in the later First Temple period that increased interaction with further kingdoms?

If you read the Book of Kings, the nations with which Israel (or later, Judah and Israel) was always either warring or allying themselves are basically its neighbors: Egypt, Lebanon ("Tyre"),...
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To what extent would the kings of Israel and Judah have been involved in the upbringing and instruction of their children?

To what extent would the kings of Israel and Judah have been involved in the upbringing and instruction of their children? Are there any Biblical references that can help determine this?
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How did Baasha make war against Asa a decade after his death?

Ba'asha became king of Israel in Asa's 3rd year, reigned 24 years and died in his 26th year(1 Ki 15:38). This is apparently contradicted by 2 Chronicles 15:19 - 16:1 There was no more war until the ...
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Questions About Jeroboam (son of Nebat)'s "Festival...in Imitation of the Festival in Judah"

1 Kings 12:26-33 records Jeroboam's religious "reforms." Among these were the establishment of a "festival...in imitation of the festival in Judah": 32 He stationed at Bethel the ...
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Why did some of Israel's kings include partial years as part of their reign while others didn't?

King Ahaziah of Israel became king in Jehoshapat's 17th year(1 Ki 22:51) and died in his 18th year(2 Ki 1:17), yet he's said to have reigned for 2 years. Consequently, we must understand his 2 "...
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Which Jehoram became King first? Ahab's or Jehoshapat's?

Jehoram of Israel became King in the 2nd year of Judah's Jehoram (2 Kings 1:17). 2 Kings 3:1, on the other hand, tells us that the Israelite Jehoram became king in the 18th year of Jehoshapat, so ...
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The weapons of Dovid Hamelech in the Beis HaMikdosh

In 2 Melachim, 11:10, the Torah says: And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king David’s spear and shields, that were in the temple of the L-rd. Why did the Beis HaMikdosh have a ...
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Why are some royal mothers omitted from scripture?

One of the differences between the account of the Davidic kings and the non-Davidic kings in scripture is the inclusion of mothers for most of the Davidic kings. None of the non-Davidic kings have ...
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The Battle Between Judah and Sennacherib

There is still a great deal of debate regarding Sennacherib's campaign on Judah among historians and biblical scholars. On the one hand they maintain that Sennacherib did not in fact take Jerusalem ...
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Problem in the text of Kings and Chronicles

I was watching a video of an exegete in which he claimed that according to the Masoretic treatise Sefer Oklah we-Oklah in topic 168 in Ezra's corrections, there was a Tiqqun soferim in 1 Kings 12:16 ...
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Criteria for legitimate kings

Why do they say that Zerubbabel is not called king but governor as in the book of Haggai simply because he was placed by the Persians while Jehoiakim and Zedekiah are considered legitimate kings being ...
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Age of King Ahaziah

Hey I'm here to ask about the supposed contradiction in Kings and Chronicles, what was Ahaziah's age? It definitly cannot be 40+ since he'd be as old/older then his father, hence the verse which is ...
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Why did Joab grip the ram horns of the altar? [duplicate]

In Kings 2:28 it is written: When the news reached Joab, he fled to the Tent of the Lord and grasped the horns of the altar - for Joab had sided with Adonijah, though he had not sided with Absalom. ...
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Did Solomon worship pagan idols?

1 Kings 11:5-7 indicate that Solomon sought after the pagan gods. The Gemara states that these verses don't mean that Solomon himself worshipped idols, but rather that his wives did. Is there any ...
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Why the use of אָחִֽי in 1 Melachim 13:30 וַיִּסְפְּד֥וּ עָלָ֖יו ה֥וֹי אָחִֽי

In 1 Melachim 13:30 it says: And the prophet took up the carcass of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him. And ...
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Chazal Imply Gechazi was Rotten and Elisha Didn't Know -- What Lesson is Gained from This?

If you just read the verses in Melachim Bet, Gechazi seems to faithfully serve his boss Elisha a few times, then he gets greedy and makes a couple of bucks off of the venture, at which point Elisha ...
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What was Jeroboam's lineage?

Are there any sources describing Jeroboam's ancestry? in particular, is he an Ephraimite or an Ephrathite?
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Why did Elisha keep Geichazi as an assistant?

Although Geichazi seemingly has no share in Olam Haba (Sanhedrin 105a), he was a long-standing servant of the Navi Elisha. Since Elisha likely knew Geichazi's character flaws, why would the Navi keep ...
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Is anything else known about King Ahab's sister, who according to the medrish was a Judean queen?

In I Kings 16:22, Rashi quotes Seder Olam that King Asa, the righteous king of Judea, married his son Yehoshafat (also a good guy) to the daughter of the not-so-righteous King Omri of North Israel. Of ...
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Was Shomron, the capital of North Israel, supposed to revert to its ancestral owners in Yovel?

I Kings 16:24 has a king of North Israel buying some empty-ish land and building a new city on it to serve as the capital. If I understand the laws of Yovel ("jubilee year") correctly, then ...
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Translating an Abarbanel in Melachim

I'm having trouble translating this paragraph, particularly because of the phrases I am bolding. It is the אברבנאל on מלכים א פרק ב פסוק ו: ואחרי שספר דוד כל המעשה הזה אשר עשה יואב נגדו, אמר לשלמה בנו ...
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Do we considered Yoav a Tzadik (righteous)?

It often seems that Yoav is referred to as righteous, however, navi scripture also lambasts him for the various killings, disregarding orders, and disloyalty to David, culminating in Solomon having ...
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How was King Solomon's orders to kill adversaries sanctioned?

Just reading Malachim and right into it there are killings ordered by Solomon via Banayah - including his own brother. How, tell me, please - is this sanctioned by Hashem and how does Hashem BLESS him ...
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Why is הַמִּנְחָ֗ה in 1kings 18:36 translated as "Evening" sacrifice?

Is this just an assumption or does it have to do with the prefix? interlinear: https://biblehub.com/interlinear/1_kings/18-36.htm parallel: https://biblehub.com/1_kings/18-36.htm
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How many years did Amatzyah rule over the kingdom of Yehuda?

How long was he king? Aside from being taken captive by Yehoash (king over Israel kingdom) he also stayed 15 years in Lachish. My question is how long did he actually rule - till he was taken captive.
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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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