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date: 11 May 2021

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This chapter examines signs of life in the midst of the rule of death that pervades the book of Kings. It begins with an overview of the major content of Kings, focusing on some key characters, such as King David, Solomon, and the prophets Elijah and Elisha. It then turns to the specter of death that hovers over the book of Kings, in which an abnormal number of characters are violently killed, politically assassinated, painfully dismembered, or otherwise depart from the narrative in suspicious or ignominious ways. It also considers the sense of confinement at the beginning of the book of Kings and how the city of Jerusalem came under siege, poised for demolition at the hands of the Babylonians. The chapter concludes by describing the end of the book of Kings, in which King Jehoiachin of Judah is released from prison.

Keywords: life, death, book of Kings, King David, Elijah, Elisha, confinement, Jerusalem, King Jehoiachin, prison

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