12 Bible Eras

The Kingdom Era is the 6th or the 12 Bible Eras.

The Kingdom Era

I am very excited about this class! If you have not studied this period you are in for a treat. The stories are fascinating. You're about to go on a journey that will transform not only your approach to God's Word but also your grasp and comprehension of it. This has been the testimony of people who have taken these classes.

In the next 30 days we will examine:

  • 1 and 2 Samuel
  • 1 and 2 Kings
  • 1 and 2 Chronicles

We will start with Eli and Hannah and the birth and life of the prophet Samuel. Then we will examine the stories of the three main kings: King Saul, King David, and King Solomon, then move on to the divided Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah, Elijah and Elisha, and more. The lessons will focus on the spiritual successes and failures of each kingdom and why Israel and Judah lost the LORD’s protection.

The Backstory

We know better than to believe everything we see and hear–especially today! We're taught from an early age to take a step back whether watching a commercial, listening to a politician, or reading a news item in order to see what's actually going on. We've been taught to look for the backstory to a story. 

When we study in this class, we must keep this in mind. These works were produced at a time when the Jewish nation was in a state of great difficulty and bewilderment, and they were intended to tell them the tale behind the story. In 722 BC, the Assyrians defeated, destroyed, and took the ten northern tribes of Israel into exile. The two surviving tribes in the south had resisted the Babylonians for longer, but they had suffered the same fate in 586 BC. For them, this was more than a political and military setback. It had called into question all they thought they knew about God. When they needed him the most, where had he been? Why hadn't he been able to save them from their foes? Why had Israel's God deserted them in their hour of need?

These are the questions that the authors of 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings set out to answer. It's notable that the Hebrew Old Testament counts them among the writings of the "Former Prophets," not only as history books. They're more than just a relic from the past. They are a divinely inspired perspective on the events that had just occurred in Israel and Judah. Jeremiah, according to Jewish tradition, was the prophet who composed these writings.  The writer prophesied to the Jewish exiles that these tragedies had occurred because of God, not in spite of Him. He hadn't betrayed them in any way. They had betrayed him, and he had done everything he had promised to bring their country back to him.

About this Class

This is a self-paced course. Eighteen lessons are presented over a thirty-day period (with weekends to catch up) but you have forever access to the class. You can share your work in the Facebook group at any time from any class.

You can Bible journal in your Bible, in a notebook, in a junk journal (once you add scripture it becomes a Treasure Journal), or Memory Dex Cards. This will be explained more in the class. Here are a few samples from the last class:

Treasure Journal Cover

You can download the Treasure Journal cover in PDF below. "What is a Treasure Journal?" in the next pages for video instruction on how to assemble.

Lesson Posting Schedule

The schedule shows when the class will be posted, but you can complete the lesson and/or the journaling at your convenience.

This schedule is tentative and may change before the end of the month.

kingdom era posting schedule_revised.pdf
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