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Living Lessons from Dead Kings: A Study of the Kings of Judah

French novelist Alphonse Karr observed that the more things change the more they stay the same. While some of the aspects of Kings and Chronicles were specific to that time, there is a wealth of principles and wisdom that is dynamic and relevant for the twenty-first century.  These men struggled with decisions, influences (good and bad), money, religious compromise, enemies, and shifting world affairs they sometimes had little control over.  Sound familiar?  Let’s search how they handled the stuff of life for lessons we can live by today.

This year’s study focuses more reading Old Testament narrative and less on exegesis and analysis of details in the text.  While there will be some word study and cross reference questions, most questions will focus on  thinking about inductive observations from the text.  Your focus should be more on reading for the big picture and making connections between the struggles and triumphs of Judah’s kings and your own world.

Beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, Christ expounded in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself to the disciples traveling to Emmaus.  Christ is the center of the Bible .  As we read and reflect, let’s go beyond the moral lessons of the text to see Christ foreshadowed, represented, and at work in history.

Make use of the links to online resources in the questions as you do these studies.

Free Online Resources:


  • When reading longer passages, many find it helpful to use a more dynamic translation like the NIV84, Living Translation, or NET Bible because they are generally easier to understand. 

  • Great Treasures allows you to see the kjv, nasb, esv, and niv84 side by side.  This allows you to read the passage in the more dynamic NIV84 and still have more literal translations there to compare.

  • A synoptic harmony of Chronicles, Kings, Samuel, and other Bible books can be an interesting addition to a study like this. 

The Big Picture:

  • Thomas Constable’s Expository Notes provide a solid commentary on the passages.  They are available as PDF or as part of the NET Bible Learning Environment.

  • The classic work Bible History: Old Testament by Alfred Edersheim, provides helpful background on the historical / cultural questions.

The Details:

Sometimes a Bible Dictionary or Bible encyclopedia like the WebBible Encyclopedia or the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915) can help if you don’t know what an item is or just want more background.

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