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Answering The Atheist
March 20, 2005 / Volume 5, Issue 12

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Was Ahaz buried with his fathers? 2 Kings 16:20 says that he was buried with his fathers in the city of David, while 2 Chronicles 28:27 reveals that he was buried in Jerusalem, but not in the sepulchre of the kings of Israel. Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
Being buried with his fathers and being buried in the same sepulchre as they are not one and the same. One might be buried in proximity to another, and yet not share the same tomb. So it was with Ahaz. He was buried in Jerusalem, the city of David, but kept from the honour of being buried with the other kings of Judah.

No doubt, the honour was withheld from him on account of his wickedness as a king in Judah, for in the days of his reign, alterations were made to the temple and the worship which occurred therein and the cities of Judah had been polluted with idols.

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible