2 Kings

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The second part of the Book of Kings (also called 2 Kings, pronounced Second Kings) is the twelfth book of the Old Testament. At the beginning, the prophet Elijah is taken to heaven in a whirlwind on a chariot of fire, making him the second person in the Bible to avoid death, after Enoch. His successor Elisha takes up his mantle and becomes capable of performing the same miracles (many of which are also associated with Jesus, such as healing the sick, resurrecting the dead, and multiplying food). In an infamous incident, forty-two children are killed for making fun of Elisha's baldness. Elisha has an influence in the national politics of Israel and Judah for a time, before dying and performing one last miracle (resurrecting a man who was cast upon his bones).

The account of the kings of Israel and Judah continues, including a brief mention of the prophet Isaiah, Josiah's destruction of other religions' temples (and massacres of their priests), and finally the conquest of Judah by the army of Nebuchadnezzar.

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