Background of 2 Kings
The Deuteronomistic HistoryDeuteronomistic history refers to the narrative contained in the books of Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings. This narrative, probably written in the age of Israel's exile (mid-6th century B.C.E.), recounts Israel's history prior to the exile. More, of which 2 Kings is a part, addresses the questions of those who had experienced the fallThe fall refers specifically to the disobedience of Adam and Eve when they listened to Satan rather than adhering to God's command not to eat the fruit from the tree. When people act contrary to God's will, they are said to fall from from grace... More of the north to Assyria in 722/721 B.C.E., the fall of Jerusalem to NebuchadnezzarBabylonian king who conquered Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and exiled the people More II, the destruction of the templeThe Jerusalem temple, unlike the tabernacle, was a permanent structure, although (like the tabernacle) it was a place of worship and religious activity. On one occasion Jesus felt such activity was unacceptable and, as reported in all four Gospels, drove from the temple those engaged... More, the end of Davidic rule, and deportation to Babylon in 587/586 B.C.E. Had God abandoned them? Why was Israel’s history a history of failure? Especially important in this regard was the explanation that both the fall of the north and the Babylonian exile were due to Israel’s and Judah’s covenantal violations.