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I. The United Monarchy Under Solomon (1Ki 1:1–11:43)

The first eleven chapters of 1Ki describe various aspects of Israel's history from the time of Solomon's ascension to his death some forty years later (c. 971-931 b.c.). Chs. 1-2, which together with 2Sa 9-20 form a previously independent source generally referred to as the “Succession Narrative” (Porter), recount the struggles associated with Solomon's coming to power. Chs. 3-10 then discuss particular positive qualities or characteristics of Solomon that served as the impetus for his international reputation. Finally, ch. 11 explains why it is that a man of Solomon's apparent religious and political stature lost favor with both his people and his God.