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United and Divided Monarchy

Please explain in several paragraphs in very simple, easy to understand language the history of the United and Divided Monarchy (rulers, dates, and all significant events).

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1. You asked: "Please explain in several paragraphs in very simple, easy to understand language the history of the united and divided monarchy (rulers, dates, and all significant events).

United Kingdom: (1050-931 BC)

1. Rulers: Saul, David, and Solomon
2. Referred to as Israel's "Golden Age"
3. Israel and Judah United:

David consolidates his kingdom (Chs. 1-6). Victory of David over Saul's family. On Saul's death, the Northern tribes try to coronate a king from Saul's family. A war begins (3:1ff). But David prevails in the civil war. In chapter 5, David is made king over all of Israel and the nation is united. David makes Jerusalem the capital city. It is between the North and the South. This is a neutral ground in between the two divisions in the land. It is an attempt to show the unity of the nation. But it is also a wise military move: Jerusalem is a city on a hill, well protected. Waltke points to the analogy between David's choice of Jerusalem and Washington's choice of DC. (Ch. 5:6-16). David moves the ark to Jerusalem. Now, Israel is united politically and spiritually (Ch. 6). King David was a military leader who was guided by God, through prayer and meditation. David had many military victories for Israel.

4. Reign of Solomon (1 Kings 1-11)

Whereas David was a great military leader, Solomon was a man of great administrative ability. With the borders secure, Solomon was able to develop the industrial life of Israel. And this he did with extraordinary genius. He ushered in the zenith of Israel's Golden Age, by broadening its economic base. He mined silver and gold; he opened trade on the Red Sea; he opened caravan trade in the Arabian Peninsula. Solomon essentially industrialized much of Israel's economy. In many ways, ...

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