The two OT Books of Kings were originally a single Book, which was divided by the Greek translators, who grouped them with the Books of Samuel and called all four the ‘Books of the Reigns’. This method of designation (1–4 Reg.) was printed in the headlines of the Clementine edition of the Vulgate and has survived in some RC translations.
The narrative covers the reign of Solomon and the building of the Temple, the history of the two separate kingdoms of Judah and Israel after their division on Solomon's death to the fall of Israel to Assyria c.721 bc; thereafter it is concerned solely with Judah, ending with the fall of Jerusalem c.586 bc. Events of religious significance are described in detail, whereas those of the highest political importance are passed over cursorily.
Subjects: Biblical Studies.