History Literature / BooksOfKings

5th Aug '17 10:35:11 AM VicGeorge2011
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* MeaningfulName: Jabez (whose name is "sorrowful" or "pain", the very same Jabez who made the prayer that became the basis for the spiritual self-help book ''The Prayer Of Jabez'') in 1st Chronicles 4:9-10, because his mother said, "Because I bore him with sorrow."
4th Aug '17 4:57:30 AM VicGeorge2011
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* TraumaticCSection: In 2nd Kings 15:16, Menahem, the KlingonPromotion successor to King Shallum of Israel, attacked Tiphsah and all the territory of Tirzah, because they did not open to him, ripping open pregnant women as he struck down the people.

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* TraumaticCSection: TraumaticCSection:
** In 2nd Kings 8:12-13, Elisha told Hazael, the servant of King Ben-Hadad of Syria (Aram), that he would become king and then he would attack the people of Israel and rip open pregnant women in the attacks.
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In 2nd Kings 15:16, Menahem, the KlingonPromotion successor to King Shallum of Israel, attacked Tiphsah and all the territory of Tirzah, because they did not open to him, ripping open pregnant women as he struck down the people.
3rd Aug '17 6:48:51 AM VicGeorge2011
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* IntimateHealing: Done twice by the prophets Elijah and Elisha with their resurrection miracles as mentioned in BackFromTheDead requiring lying down on top of the children they were praying for.

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* IntimateHealing: IntimateHealing:
** In the first chapter of 1st Kings, David's wise men look for a beautiful young woman that can lie on the king's bosom to keep him warm, and the woman they found was Abishag, who tended to this duty without anything sexual going on between them.
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Done twice by the prophets Elijah and Elisha with their resurrection miracles as mentioned in BackFromTheDead requiring lying down on top of the children they were praying for.
3rd Aug '17 6:46:05 AM VicGeorge2011
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* HotConsort: Abishag, both figuratively and [[LiteralMetaphor literally]], as Abishag was brought to David to keep him warm.

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* HotConsort: Abishag, both figuratively and [[LiteralMetaphor literally]], as Abishag was brought to David to keep him warm.warm, except that [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend there was nothing sexual going on between them]].
3rd Aug '17 6:43:31 AM VicGeorge2011
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* CivilWar: The war between Israel and Judah begins when Jeroboam leads ten tribes to split away from the kingdom of Israel from Rehoboam. It lasts until Kings Ahab and Jehosophat [[EnemyMine unite to fight Syria]].

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* CivilWar: CivilWar:
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The war between Israel and Judah begins when Jeroboam leads ten tribes to split away from the kingdom of Israel from Rehoboam. It lasts until Kings Ahab and Jehosophat Jehoshaphat [[EnemyMine unite to fight Syria]].Syria]]. There was also a later union of Kings Jehoshaphat and Joram against Moab.
3rd Aug '17 6:24:42 AM VicGeorge2011
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* RulingCouple: Ahab and Jezebel

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* RulingCouple: Ahab and JezebelJezebel. Considered an evil ruling couple by God's standards, with Ahab just letting his wife have her way in the kingdom, even going so far as to engineer the death of an innocent civilian just because he legally wouldn't sell his vineyard to the king.
2nd Aug '17 6:52:53 AM ShaiPa
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* LawOfConservationOfDetail: The writers of the Books of Kings only discuss the parts of the kings’ reigns that they considered relevant regarding Israel/Judah’s covenant with God. All other details are left out. Lampshaded throughout the books, with the description of each reign ending with the words, “Now the rest of the acts of ''X'', are they not written in …”


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* RefugeInAudacity: Despite Jezebel having put a hit out on Elijah, Elijah confronts Ahab at Naboth’s vineyard after Jezebel has killed Naboth killed and pronounces a curse on the RulingCouple.


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* LaResistance: God assures Elijah that there are [[RuleOfSeven seven thousand in Israel]] who have not “bowed to Baal.”
* RoyalHarem: Solomon has quite a large one!
* RulingCouple: Ahab and Jezebel


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* ShootTheMessenger: Ahab has Micaiah imprisoned after Micaiah prophesies that Ahab will die in battle.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: The showdown at Mt. Carmel is a religious UrExample. Elijah and priests of Baal show up at a designated time with all the townspeople surrounding them. The contest is based on the premise that [[ThePromisedLand this country]] ain’t big enough for Yahweh and Baal. And it ends with Yahweh “[[LiteralMetaphor firing]]” first, and all the priests of Baal being killed.


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* WeHardlyKnewYe: The reigns of Nadab, Elah, and Ahaziah each only lasted for two years each, and little else is said about them. But that’s nothing compared to Zimri, who was only king for [[RuleOfSeven seven days]]!
2nd Aug '17 6:31:01 AM ShaiPa
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%%* TheAlcoholic: King Elah of Israel.

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%%* TheAlcoholic: King Elah * AesopAmnesia: Prior to overthrowing a wicked king of Israel.Israel, God sends a prophet to explain why the king will be overthrown ([[RulingFamilyMassacre and his family killed]]). Still, the next king will institute the same blasphemous practices of his predecessor and suffer the same fate.
** More specifically, Ahab witnesses God’s miraculous victory over Baal at Mount Carmel and the subsequent slaughter of Baal’s priests. Yet when he flees back to Jezreel and reports what happened to Jezebel, he consents to her plan to have Elijah killed.



* ApatheticCitizens: Elijah accuses the people of Israel of being this, but they continue their apathy until [[GodTest Elijah defeats the priests of Baal at Mount Carmel]].
-->“And Elijah came near to all the people and said, ‘How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal follow him.’ And the people did not answer him a word.” (1 Kings 18:21, English Standard Version)



* CivilWar: Between Omri and Tibni son of Ginath after King Zimri's death, which led to Omri being king of Israel.

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* CivilWar: Between The war between Israel and Judah begins when Jeroboam leads ten tribes to split away from the kingdom of Israel from Rehoboam. It lasts until Kings Ahab and Jehosophat [[EnemyMine unite to fight Syria]].
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Omri and Tibni son of Ginath after King Zimri's death, which led to Omri being king of Israel.


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* DecadentCourt: Elah, king of Israel, was “[[TheAlcoholic drinking himself drunk]] in the house of Azra” when Zimri leads TheCoup against him.


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* GodNeedsPrayerBadly: Defied at the [[ShowdownAtHighNoon showdown at Mount Carmel]], which showed that all the prayers in the world mean nothing if your God isn’t supreme, and little is needed if He is.


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* HeroicAmbidexterity: The LORD proves He is the God of both the hills '''and''' the valleys by leading Israel into victory over Syria in both landscapes.
* HeroicBSOD: Elijah has one after he is forced to go into hiding when Jezebel order him killed after his victory at Mount Carmel.


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* InvulnerableHorses: Averted in the battle between Israel and Syria, in which “the king of Israel went out and struck the horses and chariots, and struck the Syrians with a great blow” (1 Kings 20:21).
30th Jul '17 5:39:35 AM ShaiPa
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* ThroneMadeOfX: Solomon's throne demonstrated [[ConspicuousConsumption just how wealthy and powerful he was]].
--> “Then he made a large throne. It was covered with ivory. [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny And that was covered with fine gold]]. The throne had six steps. It had a rounded top. The throne had armrests on both sides of the seat. A statue of a lion stood on each side of the throne. Twelve lions stood on the six steps. There was one at each end of each step. Nothing like that had ever been made for any other kingdom.” (1 Kings 10:18-20)
30th Jul '17 4:56:37 AM ShaiPa
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* AltarDiplomacy: Solomon marries Pharaoh’s daughter and many other foreign princesses, which ultimately leads him to worship their gods.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning:
** Solomon’s inauguration was so loud that Joab could hear the trumpets from miles away in En-Rogel!
** Subverted at Rehoboam’s inauguration, when Jeroboam interrupts it to demand Rehoboam make reforms.


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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Solomon seemed to think so—he had [[UpToEleven 700 wives and princesses]]!


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* FairWeatherFriend: After hearing that David held a [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning massive inauguration for Solomon]], “then all the guests of [[FakeKing Adonijah]] trembled and rose and each went his own way” (1 Kings 1:49).


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* HotConsort: Abishag, both figuratively and [[LiteralMetaphor literally]], as Abishag was brought to David to keep him warm.


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* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: David tells Solomon to finally seek justice against Joab, who killed Abner decades earlier despite David pardoning him. Joab is killed while seeking protection at the altar, in the same way he killed Abner despite him having royal protection.
* KingOnHisDeathbed: David, despite being on his deathbed, ensures Solomon’s succession over Adonijah. His final recorded words are encouragements to Solomon.


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* MalignedMixedMarriage: Solomon’s fall from grace is blamed on his many marriages to foreign women.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: Solomon creates a rival in Hadad the Edomite by wiping out much of his tribe. But after describing Hadad's back story, [[AbortedArc he is never mentioned again]].


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* PrincelingRivalry: Solomon vs. Adonijah


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* RememberTheNewGuy: Elijah, one of greatest prophets in the Bible, is first mentioned when pronouncing a curse of no rain over Israel. He is given minimal introduction, and there is no explanation of his background except that he is from Tishbe, but he suddenly becomes TheProtagonist for the rest of the book.
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