In the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign, the king begins a restoration of the Temple. The writer of Chronicles informs us that “the kings of Judah had let [it] go to ruin.” In this class, we go through the texts of the books of Kings and Chronicles, comparing and contrasting the accounts of each from the completion of the House in the days of Solomon to the time of Josiah. The biblical accounts reveal that this house was disregarded and disrespected during its history, resulting in its damaged state in the 7th century BCE.

**In this class, I mentioned the book, A Synoptic Harmony of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles: With Related Passages from Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezra (Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 1986), Ed. James D. Newsome Jr., I highly recommend this work. You can find it on the web and through many booksellers but click here to purchase it through Amazon.

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