A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
(I first posted this three part study in 2006. Here’s part 1 of an updated version. Parts 2 and 3 will be posted on Nov. 23 and Nov. 30)
From about 1,000 to 900 BC Israel had been the most feared and admired nation on Earth. Then, following Solomon’s death and the civil war that ensued, the nation had fallen from its exalted position into a kingdom divided over idolatry. Israel’s enemies saw their chance and took it. First the Northern Kingdom was conquered in 721BC by Assyria and then the Southern Kingdom was carried away into slavery 100 years later at the hands of the King of Babylon.