First Kings: The Continuance of the Prophetic Movement, the Glory of Solomon and the Beginning of the End

The lecture focuses on presenting the content of First Kings in terms of its specific interest in the Israelite prophetic movement, culminating in the person of prophet Elijah, the early successes of the Davidic Dynasty culminating in the building of the Jerusalemite Temple and the early signs of the demise of the dynasty in question. Further topics and questions to be discussed include: the glory of Solomon was a fact or fiction and regnal formulae in Kings. The lecture terminates by locating key themes in the book.