Friday, August 2, 2013

Rehoboam and Jeroboam

(Continued from Solomon)

Now we get into some of the more obscure parts of the history of Israel.  Rehoboam was the son of Solomon, while Jeroboam was one of Solomon's advisors.  A rift between the first and the people he ruled caused them to declare the second their new king, with the country split in two!  It was rough sailing after that, especially given that for its entire history, Israel has tended to be surrounded by enemies who want to see them brought down and conquered.  Which is exactly what hapenned-- several times over the centuries.

The story of "Rehoboam and Jeroboam" (alias "The Kingdom Is Divided") was only covered 4 times in the BOYS' LIFE series over the years. What came immediately after, even less!  This is one of the main reasons I'm enjoying putting these together in this organized, chronological fashion.  It should make it easier for any interested readers to follow the history, without all that "jumping around" done when these various stories were actually published in the magazine.

November 1961  /  art by IRV NOVICK
May 1971  /  art by CURT SWAN
September 1982  /  art by FRANK BOLLE
October 1982  /  art by FRANK BOLLE
I find it very odd that the first half of this story was SKIPPED in 1992.
There seemed to be a lot of that going on at the time.

October 1992  /  art by FRANK BOLLE
(Continued in Asa, Jehosaphat, Jehoram and Joash)

Copyright (C) BOY'S LIFE Magazine
Restorations by Henry Kujawa

Read the entire STORIES FROM THE BIBLE series from the beginning!

For more:
Read the Wikipedia page about Rehoboam
Read the Wikipedia page about Jeroboam

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