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Answering The Atheist
October 28, 2007 / Volume 7, Issue 43

When did Jehoash become king of Israel? Was it at least 40 years after Joash became king (2 Kings 13:1) or in the 37th year of Joash's reign (2 Kings 13:10)? Is there a contradiction?

2 Kings 13:1 speaks of the reign of Jehoahaz, which began in the 23rd year of Joash, and continued for 17 years. 2 Kings 13:10 states that in the 37th year of Joah (14 years later), Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz began to reign in Israel. The questioner's trouble is that the reign of Jehoash began 3 years before the reign of Jehoahaz ended.

It is likely that Jehoash was raised to power prior to the death of his father, and they reigned together for a period of 3 years. Such is not a foreign means of passing a monarchy from one generation to the next, and the same can be seen with Ahaziah and his father in Judah (2 Kings 8:25; 9:29; 2 Chronicles 21:18-19) and Jehoiachin and his father (2 Chronicles 36:9; 2 Kings 24:8).

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible