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The first and second book of Kings originally one book covers a consecutive history of Israel from the birth of Samuel to the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC New American Bible 322 Composed somewhere between 561 BC and 538 BC the book of Kings spans a period of 453 years Moreover the prophets Elijah and Elisha left no written account like many later prophets Boadt 297 The happenings in their stories were mainly miracles They were just a way to show how extraordinary the prophets actually were Boadt 297 In detail the story of Elijah begins and ends under the reign of Ahab son of Omri As king of Israel and Sumeria for twentytwo years Ahab ruled from 874853 BC He worshipped the false god Baal and was a corrupt leader Encarta When Ahab dies in the last chapter of Kings his son Ahaziah succeeds him Roots 6 Ahaziah was just as corrupt as his father and he ruled Israel for only one year Roots 6 Meanwhile Jehosophat son of Asa began his reign as king of Judah in the fourth year of Ahabs reign Ruling Judah from 870848 BC Jehosophat made peace with the king of Israel There are many different kings recorded in the book of Kings Some of these kings proceeding Ahaziah include Joram 852841 Jehu 841814 Jehoahaz 814798 Jehoash 798783 and Jeroboam II 783743 Boadt 297 Finally the remaining kings of Judah following Jehosophat include Jehoram 848841 Ahaziah 841 Queen Athaliah 841835 Josh 835796 Amaziah 796781 and Uzziah 781740 Boadt 297 Elijah lives through the reigns of Ahab and Jehosophat and Elisha lives through the remainder of the kings mentioned Roots 6 The prophet Elisha was viewed as more involved with the political aspect of society than Elijah Boadt 297 In addition Northern Israel rose and fell in 200 years Most of this time was spent at war with its enemies The Southern kingdom of Judah survived under one dynasty
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