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2 Samuel-2 Kings: The Difference Leaders Make

Survey the kingdom era of Israel in both its united and divided forms. This course provides a solid foundation for studying Israel's prophets in addition to their history.


2 Samuel-2 Kings: The Difference Leaders Make will guide students through a study of Israel’s kingdom era—as a united nation and as a nation divided into Israel and Judah. It not only covers this critical time in Israel’s history, but also provides an essential foundation for studying Israel’s prophets.


Group Exercises
  1. To introduce students to survey information of the Old Testament.
  2. To help develop critical and practical aptitudes in understanding the Bible.
  3. To provide scholarly information that will help students better understand the historical and biblical context of the Old Testament.
  • As usual, Dr. Stuart is concise and clear in delivery. I like the way he masterfully drew broad strokes of the Old Testament such that we can remember, e.g. David's Triumph, David's Transgression, David's Troubles. He gave an interesting interpretation of why David's census-taking was wrong, and drew interesting contrasts of wisdom and folly even in the life of Solomon.

    — Weng Yuen, Singapore
  • A good amount of food for thought.

    — Johann, United States (US)
  • This was a really good course with lots of information that is very relevant to Christian believers today. We get to see both the good and the bad kings of Israel and learn how their faithfulness or unfaithfulness to God impacted Israel both positively and negatively.

    — Paul, United States (US)
  • I learn a great deal from Our Daily Bread University. I love it!

    — Audrey, United States (US)
  • Lesson four was more challenging. I suppose it was a great amount of information that was a little overwhelming and difficult to organize for me. It was a challenge but I'm glad I was finally successful.

    — Cindy, United States (US)
  • Loved the historical emphasis and thought the lessons were very interesting

    — Roxane, United States (US)
  • I love the set up of the reading, along with the lecture.

    — Alexandria, United States (US)
  • The course was highly informative and devotional. It helped me understand the importance of biblical archaeology as well as a personal faith in God. Thank you!

    — Mizuho, United States (US)
  • I have to say that I have enjoyed it ! There was a lot to learn about the periods of the ages in the commentary, and I tried to get it all in perspective, and retain what I learned. I find all the courses great, and thank you for the learning experience.

    — Karla, United States (US)
  • Good effective courses. I am learning.

    — Brenda, United States (US)
  • The course gave a good broad overview of the books of 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and 2 Kings which otherwise includes incredible details of people, times, events, and places. The course was helpful in identifying the major themes in these books and contributes to my overall understanding of the Bible as a whole. I would recommend this course to others.

    — Joe, United States (US)
  • Even though I think I have a pretty good handle on the Old Testament, I continue to learn new things.

    — Sheryl, United States (US)
  • The courses and materials are excellent.

    — Carla, United States (US)
  • Enjoyed the lectures. Very informative and helpful.

    — David, United States (US)
  • Good content. Information valuable.

    — Donald, United States (US)
  • Good content, insightful, and beneficial.

    — Dale, United States (US)
  • I truly enjoy Dr. Stuart and his teachings. He helps me to understand more about the Bible and why things happened the way that they did.

    — Denise, United States (US)
  • Lesson was refreshing and brief detailed not long stuck into one subject also covered area aligned with Christ work in love for us on redemptions and forgiveness, amen!

    — Masayoshi, United States (US)
  • The course is good.

    — Stephen, United States (US)
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and it deepened my Bible compression and application.

    — Sheilah, United States (US)
  • Very good overview with interesting historical information.

    — Kathleen, United States (US)

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Course Details

  • 4 Lessons
  • 21 Activities
  • 5 Assessments
  • 26 Min Average
  • 4 Hrs Minimum
  • 1.8 CEUs
  • Course Award

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Douglas K. Stuart, PhD