Two or Four Books of Kings


There had been four Books of Kings in the Old Testament of the Catholic Bible. Now there are 1Samuel and 2Samuel and 1Kings and 2Kings. In what year was the change made from four Books to two Books of Kings? Why was the change made? Which is correct to use: 2Kings OR IIKings?


Hi Cyril,

In the Hebrew bible, there was originally one book of Samuel that included today’s two books of Samuel and one book of Kings that included today’s two books of Kings. The Septuagint divided this into 4 books of Kings and the Vulgate followed suit. Today’s Hebrew Bible has two books of Samuel and two books of Kings. Catholic translations done from the Hebrew do the same.



Verbum, Thank you for the explanation about the Books of Samuel and the Books of Kings.


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