Reading the books of the biblical prophets is challenging. They’re written in ancient Hebrew poetry and narrative style, which is really different from modern poetry or narrative. Also, these books assume that the reader has a fairly good understanding of the final two centuries that led up to the tragic end of the Israelite kingdoms. Now, if you’ve been tracking with the story so far, reading from Genesis through 2 Kings, you have an advantage because you can place the biblical prophets into the story you just finished reading. 2 Kings 17-25 just narrated the downfall of the northern kingdom of Israel to the Assyrians in 722 B.C., followed by the demise of the southern kingdom of Judah to the Babylonians in 586 B.C.