After being united for 120 years under the reigns of Saul, David and Solomon (lesson seven), the “united kingdom” of Israel divided. After Solomon’s reign the split kingdom lasted for 388 years.
Most of the Hebrew tribes followed Jeroboam and became known as the northern kingdom of Israel. The southern kingdom of Israel, which included the tribe of Judah, was initially governed by Rehoboam.
The “divided kingdom” is a fascinating and often sad period in Israel’s history. This free Bible study offers a good overview of what this nearly four hundred period was like. Sign up for this course to immediately receive the first two Bible courses by U.S. mail.