King Solomon and the Decay of the Kingdom
(Book of 1 & 2 Kings)

1 Kings: David's charge to Solomon (2:1-4).  Solomon asks for Wisdom (3:5-15).  Solomon builds the temple (chapters 5-8); we will study the temple in much more detail later. 

"King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth." (10:23).

Solomon "...loved many foreign women...  He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.  ...his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God...  So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord..." (11:1-6).  

See 11:11+, the kingdom starts to decay.  

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Solomon also wrote Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and The Song of Solomon.

Note: After Solomon dies, the kingdom is split in two.  1 Kings chapter 12 through 2 Kings covers both the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom.  Chronicles also covers the period of the kings.  In this study, we'll just follow the kings in the Southern Kingdom as outlined in 2 Chronicles.