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Sanhedrin 101b appears to address this, to some degree. אמר רבי יוחנן מפני מה זכה ירבעם למלכות מפני שהוכיח את שלמה ומפני מה נענש מפני שהוכיחו ברבים שנאמר (מלכים א יא) וזה הדבר אשר הרים יד במלך שלמה בנה את המלוא סגר את פרץ עיר דוד אביו אמר לו דוד אביך פרץ פרצות בחומה כדי שיעלו ישראל לרגל ואתה גדרת אותם כדי לעשות אנגריא לבת פרעה Said Rabbi Yochanan: why did ...


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I think this varies from king to king. Clearly there were some outstanding scholars among reshaim-kings, as you see openly from Sanhedrin 102b about Menashe. You also see in midrashim about Eliyahu haNavi that Achav was learning (sefer Yehoshua in the midrash). I am sure generally people in those generations were much more aware of the mikra than we are ...


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The Bible reports that in his wars against Jeroboam, Abijam succeeded in capturing the city of Beth El from the Kingdom of Israel, but Abijam himself died in a plague (II Chon. 13:19). One of the reasons traditionally given for Abijam’s early death is that he did not put a stop to the idolatrous cult at Beth El when the city came under his control (see JT ...


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