The Israelites

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The Israelites

  1. 1.  After (1) 40 YEARS in the desert, the Hebrews reached Canaan led by (2) JOSHUA, son of Nun. But a group called the (3) CANAANITES already lived there! After (3) FOUR YEARS of war, the Hebrews finally had their land back.
  2. 2.  (4) SAUL became the first king of the Israelite Kingdom. Saul was famous for winning many battles and defeating all of Israel’s enemies. During one battle against the (5) PHILISTINES, the warrior (6) GOLIATH challenged the Israelite fighters. No one would fight him, until (7) DAVID, a young man who played the harp for Saul, slew Goliath with a single shot from his slingshot. David became famous, which made Saul jealous.
  3. 3.  King Saul actually wanted to kill David. (8) GOD was angered by this and for other things that Saul had done. Saul and his three sons were soon all killed in battle. (9) DAVID was made king around 1000BC.
  4. 4.  King David finished off the last Israelite enemy, the (10) PHILISTINES. This (11) UNITED the two Hebrew kingdoms, (12) ISRAEL to the north and (12) JUDAH to the south. The united (13) KINGDOM OF ISRAEL was born. David made (14) JERUSALEM capital and created the government, army, courts, and government officials.
  5. 5.  Jerusalem was made the holy city because it held the (15) ARK OF THE COVENANT. The Ark was a stone tablet that held the (16) TEN COMMANDMENTS. After David died, his son (17) SOLOMON became King. Solomon built the huge (18) TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM to hold the Ark of the Covenant. It took (19) 3,000 WORKERS and lots of (20) TAXES to complete it.
  6. 6.  The Israelites did not like Solomon because he burdened the people with heavy taxes and forced them to work on the temple. Near King Solomon’s death in (21) 931 BC, the northern Israelites broke away and formed their own kingdom called (22) ISRAEL. The southern part was once again called (23) JUDAH and (24) JERUSALEM was still its capital. This split left the Israelite people vulnerable…

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