The Reigns Of David, Hezekiah And Josiah

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After many centuries of being under the rule of judges, the Israelites finally ask Samuel to appoint a king, making Israel like most other nations being ruled as monarchies. This request leads to the appointing of the first king of Israel, Saul, followed by centuries of kings (1 Samuel 8-9). A large majority of these kings have been deemed to be “bad” kings, leaving only a small handful to be considered “good.” In general, these kings are given such labels for their actions and policies throughout their time of power. This paper will discuss the reigns of David, Hezekiah and Josiah and what makes them considered good kings, as well as Ahab and Manasseh and the actions that deemed them to be bad kings. Throughout the history of Israel and Judah, there have been very few kings that are classified by scholars as being good. The king in which all other kings are measured up to, and possibly the most widely known, would be David. He is actually stated to be “the most fully developed character in the Hebrew bible” (Coogan 255). David took reign after Saul and at this time Israel was still a united monarchy. His success as a king can be contributed to both his character and relationship with God. David’s talent as a warrior can be seen when he so effortlessly conquers the massive Philistine, Goliath. He also exhibited political and military strength as a double agent working for the Israelites while living amongst the Philistines, all while conquering the enemies of Israel.
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