Following Solomon’s death, the nation split into two kingdoms: JudahJudah was the name of Jacob's fourth son and one of the 12 tribes. More in the south, comprised of the tribes of Judah, BenjaminA son of Jacob and tribe of Israel. More, and Levi, and Israel, the ten northern tribes that broke away.
In the overall shaping of 1-2 Kings, the period following the division of the kingdom until 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 in 722 B.C.E. is presented synchronically; that is, the narrative alternates between Israel and Judah. Both are judged according to their faithful obedience. In this regard, Judah, in the south, has periods of exemplary faithfulness, especially under HezekiahJudean king noted for his reforms in time of Isaiah More and JosiahJudean king noted for his reforms of Israel's worship in the time of Jeremiah More, as well as periods of apostasy, though God’s promise to DavidSecond king of Israel, David united the northern and southern kingdoms. More sustains the monarchy even in these dark moments. Israel, in the north, spirals downward from the start in the view of the Deuteronomistic editors, who see all the northern kings walking in the path of Jeroboam.