Sin Divided the Kingdom of Israel into North and South

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The story of God’s people Israel began with a promise to make them a mighty people who would be a shining light to all nations, so long as they would uphold their side of the covenant with spiritual faithfulness and justice throughout their land. However, as early as the great Exodus, through to the conquest of Canaan and the dark days of the Judges, Israel repeatedly rebelled against God and lived according to the pattern of its pagan neighbors. In the 10th century BC, and just three rulers into the kingdom of Israel (Saul, David, Solomon), the 10 northern tribes rebelled and broke away from the coalition. The height of the kingdom was during the reign of Solomon, but upon his death, it could no longer hold together.

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Sandra Richter (PhD) is author of The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament and Stewards of Eden: What the Scripture has to Say about the Environment and Why It Matters as well as the Seedbed "Epic of Eden" studies in Jonah, Ruth, and Isaiah. Currently the Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, Richter has served as a Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, Wesley Seminary, and Asbury Theological Seminary. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell and Harvard University, Sandy specializes in bringing the real people and real places of the Old Testament to life for both the academic and the lay person. Often to be found excavating in Israel, or hiking the back country, she has a number of technical pieces out integrating Syro-Palestinian archaeology and Bible. Dr. Richter is an amazing communicator, and extremely popular as an international speaker and teacher in both lay and academic contexts.

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