1 Kings

About the Book of 1 Kings

1 Kings is a book about the people called Israelites. The Books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings tell us what happened after King David's time. The Book of 1 Kings records how Solomon became king after David.
After Solomon died, the country called Israel became two countries. The south was called Judah. Rehoboam was the first king of Judah. The north was still called Israel. Jeroboam became king of Israel (see 1 Kings 12). There were many other kings who ruled after these two kings.
When the kings of Judah and Israel obeyed God, the people had peace. But sometimes the kings did not obey God and they worshipped other gods instead. Then bad things happened. When the people in Israel turned away from God, he sent a prophet to speak to them. His name was Elijah. He did special things that someone could only do with the help of God. He told the people that they should worship God again.