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there are significant hints of the dangers underlying all the magnificence, and the fatal tendency of the introduction of foreign habits, with insistence on the fact that national prosperity was conditional on fidelity to the national religion. The section closes with a plain intimation that the seeds of evil sown in Solomon's reign were already germinating, and an enumeration of the 'adversaries' who were already raised up to destroy the fair fabric of the empire of all Israel.

IV. Second Period: The Two Kingdoms. This period, of somewhat more than two centuries, from the disruption of the kingdom after the death of Solomon, about B.C. 933 to the

fall of Samaria in B.C. 722, is the subject of the greater part of 'the book, the narrative extending from the beginning of i Kings

xii. to the end of 2 Kings xvii. Here the treatment of the materials is more systematic, and a literary plan, simple, thoagh somewhat artificial, is followed. After describing, at some length and in the style of the foregoing section, the circumstances that led to the breaking away of the ten tribes from Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, and the setting up of an independent kingdom under Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, the historian concludes his narrative of the reign of Jeroboam. He then takes up the account of the reign of Rehoboam in the Southern Kingdom, and continues the history of that kingdom so long as Jeroboam is still reigning over the ten tribes. But at the conclusion of the reign that follows Jeroboam's death, he returns to the history of the Northern Kingdom, and thus, alternating in a simple and formal manner, carries on his narrative of the fortunes of the two kingdoms. This, of course, involves at times an overlapping in the recital ; under the reign, for example, of Asa, King of Judah,

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