Bible Reading

Bible Study: 2 Kings – Summary of the Book

Summary of the Book of 2 Kings

This is the second part of the book of Kings. Originally this book and the preceding book were combined into one longer book in the Hebrew Bible. The same thing happened with the books of Samuel and Chronicles (immediately before and after the books of Kings).

Second Kings covers about 270 years of history. This includes the reign of Ahaziah (son of King Ahab) to the Babylonian captivity and a bit beyond. The book covers about 26 years into the captivity (2 Kings 25:27).


It is not certain who author of the book was, but tradition says that Jeremiah the prophet wrote the book.

Date Written

This book ends with the Babylonian captivity (plus a few years). Its contents end around 586 BC. The book was probably written some time between 586 and 540 BC if Jeremiah was the author. Jeremiah also wrote the book bearing his name about the same time.

Purpose of 2 Kings

Like the other books of history, this book seems to be more historical in nature as opposed to trying to drive home a certain lesson. It traces the history of Israel from the divided kingdom after the death of Ahab until the Assyrian captivity of Israel and the Babylonian captivity of Judah.

In the first and second books of Kings, the reader can see the progression of Israel from its glory to its downfall. The history of the wickedness of the kings and the nation show the decline and captivity of the great and mighty nation of Israel. When Israel began to abandon the God of heaven and chose to worship other gods and ideologies the nation declined in spirituality. Their sin resulted in punishment by slavery like they escaped in Egypt.

Book Review

Union and Communion – Hudson Taylor

Union and Communion book coverI picked up Union and Communion for free at Amazon. It is Hudson Taylor’s comments on the book of Song of Solomon. This is the Kindle version, but even if you don’t have a Kindle reader you can read the book on your computer, iPhone or Android phone (as well as a few other platforms).

I am about half-way through the book. These comments aren’t meant to be a formal review of the book since I haven’t even finished it, but I wanted to just point out something and encourage you to pick up the book if you are so inclined. With it being free and short, you can form your own opinions.

I appreciate that he takes the reader through the verses and explains who is speaking in each part. Sometimes that is confusing with the Song of Solomon. Apparently his conclusions on who the speaker is is different from other interpretations at times because he says as much. I personally don’t have any strong opinions of who says which phrase.

However, the book bothers me. He interprets every word as if it has some hidden “deeper” meaning. He can’t take anything at face value. I realize the book is an illustration of our relationship with the Lord, but he seems to interpret it all in an eerie way. Anyone else feel this way? Or am I just kooky?

The book is free, short and easy to read. The half of the book I have read so far I was able to read on two short bus trips yesterday. So you don’t have to feel like you are wasting a lot of time reading it. Besides, it may be the excuse you finally need to install the Kindle software on your computer. Or, go out and buy a Kindle so you can load it up with 3,500 free books like this one.