History Literature / BooksOfKings

11th Aug '16 5:02:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* OneSceneWonder: Josiah, king of Judah. His destruction of idols and sanctuaries of other gods in Judah is epic, he even destroys altars and statues that previous reformers had left in place, and which had been standing since the time of Solomon. He also recovers the Mosaic law and celebrates the first Passover in centuries. The chapters discussing his reign are like the muster of Patroclus in TheIliad, where he succeeds so well that he verges on changing fate; but God has already made up his mind. God informs him that he's very impressed with what he accomplished, but Israel will still be destroyed; [[DownerEnding but God will wait until after Josiah is dead for it to happen]].

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* OneSceneWonder: Josiah, king of Judah. His destruction of idols and sanctuaries of other gods in Judah is epic, he even destroys altars and statues that previous reformers had left in place, and which had been standing since the time of Solomon. He also recovers the Mosaic law and celebrates the first Passover in centuries. The chapters discussing his reign are like the muster of Patroclus in TheIliad, Literature/TheIliad, where he succeeds so well that he verges on changing fate; but God has already made up his mind. God informs him that he's very impressed with what he accomplished, but Israel will still be destroyed; [[DownerEnding but God will wait until after Josiah is dead for it to happen]].
21st Jul '16 8:35:15 PM kensu
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* OneSceneWonder: Josiah, king of Judah. His destruction of idols and sanctuaries of other gods in Judah is epic, he even destroys altars and statues that previous reformers had left in place, and which had been standing since the time of Solomon. He also recovers the Mosaic law and celebrates the first Passover in centuries. The chapters discussing his reign are like the muster of Patroclus in TheIliad, where he succeeds so well that he verges on changing fate; but God has already made up his mind. God informs him that he's very impressed with what he accomplished, but Israel will still be destroyed; [[DownerEnding but God will wait until after Josiah is dead for it to happen]].
21st May '16 2:41:22 PM LordGro
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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: King Ahab is warned by Micaiah the prophet that he would die in the battle of Ramoth Gilead. Ahab tries to avert the disaster by dressing up in different clothes before going into battle while King Jehoshaphat wore his royal clothes, hoping that the Syrian army would go after Jehoshaphat instead of him. However, an arrow shot at random pierces King Ahab, and he ends up fulfilling the very prophecy that was spoken about him.


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* YouCantFightFate: King Ahab is warned by Micaiah the prophet that he will die in the battle of Ramoth Gilead. Ahab tries to avert the disaster by dressing up in different clothes before going into battle while King Jehoshaphat wears his royal clothes, hoping that the Syrian army will go after Jehoshaphat instead of him. However, an arrow shot at random pierces King Ahab.
21st May '16 1:54:02 PM VicGeorge2011
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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: King Ahab is warned by Micaiah the prophet that he would die in the battle of Ramoth Gilead. Ahab tries to avert the disaster by dressing up in different clothes before going into battle while King Jehoshaphat wore his royal clothes. However, an arrow shot at random pierces King Ahab, and he ends up fulfilling the very prophecy that was spoken about him.

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: King Ahab is warned by Micaiah the prophet that he would die in the battle of Ramoth Gilead. Ahab tries to avert the disaster by dressing up in different clothes before going into battle while King Jehoshaphat wore his royal clothes.clothes, hoping that the Syrian army would go after Jehoshaphat instead of him. However, an arrow shot at random pierces King Ahab, and he ends up fulfilling the very prophecy that was spoken about him.
19th Apr '16 1:22:28 PM VicGeorge2011
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** King Sennnacherib of Assyria does this to King Hezekiah when he threatens to destroy Judah, saying "where are the gods" of the nations that he had conquered and suggesting that Hezekiah's God will not save him.

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** King Sennnacherib of Assyria does this to King Hezekiah when he threatens to destroy Judah, saying "where are the gods" of the nations that he had conquered and suggesting that Hezekiah's God will not save him. It doesn't work well for the Assyrian king when, after King Hezekiah prays to God, he finds that 185,000 of his troops are all dead.
19th Apr '16 1:15:58 PM VicGeorge2011
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* TragicMistake: Hezekiah showed off Judah's treasures to Babylonian envoys and ended up putting his country on Babylon's hit list.

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** Josiah goes off to fight against Egypt and gets killed.
25th Mar '16 1:49:39 PM VicGeorge2011
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* WouldHurtAChild: Elisha, particularly when a group of kids dared to make fun of him as a prophet.
25th Mar '16 1:48:41 PM VicGeorge2011
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* WouldHurtAChild: Elisha, particularly when a group of kids dared to make fun of him as a prophet.
23rd Mar '16 6:21:37 AM Sebastian87
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* RonTheDeathEater: A canon example. Many of the kings in the book were reportedly not nearly as bad in Real Life as they are described, the most egregious cases being King Ahab of Israel and King Manasseh of Juda. Both are described as evil heretics [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating hated by every single one of their subjects]]. The fact alone that Ahab could rule for 22 years and Manasseh for 55 years indicates that they must've had at least some support among the population. In fact, both of them are indicated by several non-biblical sources to have been very successful rulers whose only "fault" was not to piss off their much stronger neighbors who could effortlessly overrun them. Though this would mean tolerating the worship of other gods and routinely melting gold from the temple in Jerusalem to be able to pay tribute, it at least saved their land from complete obliteration. The priesthood in Jerusalem naturally would condemn them for not daring to start a hopeless war against the hegemonial empires that surrounded them on all sides, because [[SuicidalOverconfidence with God's help one was invincible, no matter how improbable the odds were]]. They eventually learned the hard way [[CurbStompBattle what]] [[MadeASlave happens]] when you insist on getting belligerent with a neighboring superpower. Though some of the descriptions of said kings could be justified by way of the Old Testament not being a historical, but a theological piece of work, some of the things written are just simply out of malice (such as [[CriticalResearchFailure attributing the construction of the Arc of Samaria to King Solomon instead of Ahab, who built it]]).
21st Mar '16 5:39:13 PM Sebastian87
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* WrittenByTheWinners: More like ''Written by the survivors'', but it holds true all the same. Around 720 BC Israel was overrun by the Assyrians while Judah was saved by a timely civil war that shortly thereafter broke out in the Assyrian Empire and continued to exist for a good 200 additional years. Thus, all somewhat contemporary surviving records of that time come from the priesthood in Jerusalem, which explains why the inhabitants and kings especially of the northern kingdom are described in such a negative light.
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