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I Kings begins with the succession narrative reaching its conclusion. The building of Solomon’s temple establishes Israel in Canaan at last, however, Judah, like the Northern Kingdom would suffer reprisals for allowing shrines to be built. Some scholars suggest that a previous version of Kings was the basis for King Josiah’s reforms. The central theme is that deviation from the Covenant would undo success. Therefore in 2 Kings, the veracity of prophecy that warns the Deuteronomic message is acute. Isaiah is an interesting collection based on considered opinion with regard to authorship. Essentially, Isaiah is divided into three sections. Chapters 1-39 are attributed to Isaiah proper, although some scholars feel this is not the work of one poet. It is further divided into oracles by Isaiah, later compositions of oracles against pagans, eschatology (added in much later), new prophecies by Isaiah, a diptych, and a narrative section with inset poems. Chapters 44-55 are called Deutero-Isaiah and anticipate the return to Zion. The remaining chapters conclude with a
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