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and smote Jehoram ... And when Ahaziah the King of Judah saw this, he
fled ... and Jehu ... said, Smite him also in the chariot' (2 Kings
Here it will be observed both the kings of Israel and of Judah die on
the same day. We can therefore draw a line across the double column, and
make a fresh start. Athaliah usurped the throne of Judah and Jehu reigned
over Israel and both were succeeded by a number of kings until, at the siege
and fall of Samaria, we reach another interlocking date.
The siege took place in the fourth year of Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:9):
'And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of
Hezekiah, that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was
taken' (2 Kings 18:10).
Here we have positive dating. Hezekiah's 6th year is Hosea's 9th year,
and so we can conveniently draw another line across our chart. From this
period, Israel, that is the ten -tribed kingdom, pass out of reckoning, and
from Hezekiah's 7th year to the captivity under Nebuchadnezzar in Jehoiakim's
4th year brings us to 3521 or 604 b.c.
As we have before intimated, there are problems that await us that at
first seem insuperable, but a steady confidence in the Word, and a correct
estimate of our own fallibility will be rewarded with light and leading.
It should be remembered that the customary phrase of the A.V. and the
R.V. that a certain king 'began to reign' is incorrect, the Hebrew simply
reads 'he reigned'. It is not the intention of the Chronicler to tell us
when any particular king 'began' to reign, but simply to allocate to him a
particular year according to the system he followed.
We have a note in 1 Kings 15:9,10, and another in 15:25 -33, which
enables us to check our computation at this point.
In 1 Kings 15:9,10 we read:
'In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over
Judah. And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem'.
From 1 Kings 15:25 -33 we learn that in the second year of Asa king of
Judah, Nadab reigned over Israel, and that he reigned two years. Nadab was
succeeded by Baasha who reigned over Israel in the third year of Asa.
If we attempt to set this out in chart form we immediately see the
How can we get the 'two years' of Nadab in such a scheme? We look back and
find that Asa reigned in the 20th year of Jeroboam King of Israel.
Dr. Lightfoot expresses the opinion that inasmuch as Jeroboam had been
smitten by God with a disease which incapacitated him from ruling, Nadab's
reign fell within that of his father. This is the considered opinion also of