- A. Solomon Becomes King (1:1–2:46)
- B. Solomon the Wise Man (3:1–4:34)
- C. Solomon the Builder (5:1–7:51)
- D. Solomon the Religious Example (8:1–66)
- E. Solomon the Incomparable One (9:1–10:29)
- F. Solomon's Wives and Adversaries (11:1–43)
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.