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Second-born son of   and   spurns farming, his father's business, and becomes a shepherd. When 's  older brother   brings an offering to God,   follows suit and presents some choice sheep to the Lord. God approves of 's  offering and disapproves of 's.    is angry at his brother's success and kills him ( ).



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After Queen   is deposed,   decides that he needs a new wife. Virgins are collected from across the kingdom and put in the care of a eunuch in charge of the king's harem. These maidens spend a year preparing for an audience with the king, at the end of which they spend a night with him. When   is brought to the harem,   is much taken with her and provides her and her entourage with special treatment.



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An Egyptian woman who is a maid of   and who becomes 's  second wife. Because   is barren, she suggests to her husband that he marry   and produce a son with her.   agrees, but when   does in fact get pregnant, she despises   in turn treats   harshly and the woman runs away. An angel who finds   tells her to return to He also tells the woman that she will have a son whom she will name   and he will be a wild man ( ). Later,   tells   to banish   and her son   from their home because   is taunting God supports 's  plan and   sends mother and son to the desert. There, they run out of water and   distances herself from   so that she will not witness his death. An angel appears and reveals a well of water which saves the pair.   finds an Egyptian wife for her son ( ).



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A people defeated by   in the time of .



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A king of   who rules after   in the town of .



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As a punishment for 's  idolatry, God empowers this king to harass   had previously fled   for Egypt because   was oppressing .



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  is a kingdom of   in what is today Syria.   defeats its king   and when the Arameans of Damascus try to help   conquers them too.   again tries to fight   during his war against   and is again defeated. 's  people finally submit to 's  rule.



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A grandson of great-grandson of .



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A hero in 's  army.



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A king of   who rules after   in the town of .



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A descendant of .



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74 of this 's  descendants return to   with   following the edict of .



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A descendant of   and a chief of his people.



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A descendant of   and a chief of his people.



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A descendant of .



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A descendant of .



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Following 's  reconstruction of the walls of a national assembly is called at which   reads to the people from the Torah.   helps   explain the Torah text to the people. He and other   call on the people to praise God. This might be the same   who is a signatory to a pledge - an affirmed by the leaders of the community in the time of   ( : ). Those who sign the declaration promise to observe the commandments of the Torah, to refrain from intermarrying, to avoid commerce on Shabbat, and to make regular donations to the Temple.



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A second   by this name living during the time of   who is a signatory to a pledge - an affirmed by the leaders of the community. Those who sign the declaration promise to observe the commandments of the Torah, to refrain from intermarrying, to avoid commerce on Shabbat, and to make regular donations to the Temple.



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A leader of the people during the time of   is a signatory to a pledge - an affirmed by the leaders of the community. Those who sign the declaration promise to observe the commandments of the Torah, to refrain from intermarrying, to avoid commerce on Shabbat, and to make regular donations to the Temple.



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A descendant of the nineteenth king of .



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King of   from the nation of He bands together with four other kings and is soundly defeated by .



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Son of the nineteenth king of .



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A leader of the people during the time of   is a signatory to a pledge - an affirmed by the leaders of the community. Those who sign the declaration promise to observe the commandments of the Torah, to refrain from intermarrying, to avoid commerce on Shabbat, and to make regular donations to the Temple.



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Nineteenth king of Israel who reigns following his assassination of   is a sinful king, and is forced to become a vassal of   king of At a certain point   refuses to pay tribute to him and attempts to build an alliance with Egypt's king   imprisons   and exiles the people of   to   is the last king of Israel. In a lengthy passage ( : - ) the text attributes Israel's and Judah's misfortunes to widespread abandonment of God.



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A prophet during the late First Temple period. From the first verse of 's  book we learn that the prophet was active during the tenure of the Israelite king as well as during the reigns of four Judean kings: and who were 's  10th to 13th kings. God's first communication to   is a command for him to marry a prostitute, symbolizing Israel's abandonment of God for other faiths (1:2). (The theme of infidelity is further developed in chapter 2.)   marries a woman named who bears him three children; each is given a symbolic name. The first child is named   which has two meanings: God will "plant" Israel in its land after the nation has been punished for its sins, but God will first destroy the kingdom of Israel which contains the region known as the 'valley of '.  The second child is a girl named   indicating that God will have no mercy on His people. The third child, a boy, is named of God is disowning His people by declaring they are "not my nation". Nevertheless, God promises that the threat of each name will be reversed in the future: the symbolism of   will be replaced as Israel will be called - children of the living God;   will be rebuilt; God will show compassion for His people. After   betrays   by sleeping with other men, the prophet is told to take her back, just like God will take back his straying nation (chapter 3). Indeed, God declares that after the nation of Israel has been with other gods, He will marry her again -

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I will betroth you unto Me forever; I will betroth you unto Me in righteousness, and in justice and in kindness and compassion; I will betroth you unto Me in faithfulness and you will know the Lord (2:21-22). Nevertheless, while   does hold out a pledge of hope of salvation and redemption (2:1-3, 2:16-25), his primary message remains a warning to the people of impending doom and exile (2:4-15, 5:8-15, 8:5, 10:13-15, chapter 13, 14:1).

The following are some additional themes that   emphasizes in his communications.

a. Israel is sinful and corrupt, and ignores God (chapter 4, 6:4-7:7, 8:1, 8:14, 9:10-17, chapter 12, 13:6)

b. Israel's   and ministers lead the people in misbehaving (4:4-10, 5:1-7)

c. God desires obedience rather than sacrifices (6:6, 8:13)

d. Israel is called upon to repent (10:12, chapter 14)

e. God has always loved Israel and will show her mercy (chapter 11)

Several   (supplemental Shabbat readings) are taken from the prophecies of Here is a list of those   and their corresponding selections from (Chapter numbers do not always indicate that the full chapter is read.)

12-14 ( ) 11-12 ( ), 11-12 ( ), 2, 14.




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