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13 Jul
Judah’s & Israel’s Kings List

 

King’s Name                            Description of Reign

 

King David:                                – Conquered Jerusalem and took up residence in the fortress

                                                     –       King Hiram built David a palace

                                                     –       Put garrisons throughout the land

                                                     –       Gathered treasures and plunder from other nations

                                                     –       Builds an alter

                                                     –       (all of the above taken from 2 Sam. And below from 1 Chron.)

                                                     –       28:1-21  Plans for the temple

                                                     –       29:1-20 Gifts for the temple

King Solomon:                          –  taken from 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles

                                                     –       Built temple

                                                     –       Built palace

                                                     –       Built throne hall

                                                     –       Built hall of justice

                                                     –       Built palace for pharaoh’s daughter

                                                     –       Rebuilt villages given by King Hiram

                                                     –       Had fleet of ships return every 3 years whose cargo carried gold, silver, ivory, apes and baboons

                                                     –       Built up Tadmor

                                                     –       Built store cities in Hamath

                                                     –       Re-built upper & lower Beth Horon

                                                     –       Re-built Balaath & store cities

                                                     –       All other events and acts written in the record of Nathan the prophet & the book of annals of Solomon.

Jeroboam:                                 – 1st King of Israel

                                                     –       Reigned 22 years

                                                     –       The other events of his are recorded in the annals of the Kings of Israel

Rehoboam:                                – 3rd King of Judah

                                                     –       Did evil in the sight of the Lord

                                                     –       Built 15 cities

                                                     –       Reigned 17 years

                                                     –       Lost all temple & palace treasures, even the gold shields to Shishak of Egypt

                                                     –       Other events written in the annals of the kings of Judah and the records of Shemaiah prophet

Abijah (J.):                                   – Reigned 3 years

                                                     –       Followed after sin

                                                     –       Captured Bethel, Teshanah & Ephron with their surrounding villages

                                                     –       There was war with Jeroboam

                                                     –       Other events written in the annals of the kings of Judah & annotations of the prophet Iddo

Asa (J.):                                       – reigned 41 years

                                                      –       took remaining silver & gold and gave to the King of

                                                      – gave to the King of Damascus

                                                     –       built up Geba & Mizpah

                                                     –       built cities

                                                     –       other achievements written in the annals of the Kings of Judah & book of Kings of Israel

Nadab (Is.):                               – reigned 2 years

                                                    –       Fought the philistines

                                                    –       Other events recorded in the annals of the Kings of Israel.

Baasha (Is.):                             – reigned 24 years

                                                    –  other events and acts recorded in the annals of the Kings

                                                     Of Israel.

Elah (Is.):                                  – reigned 2 years

                                                    –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Israel

Zimri (Is.):                                 – reigned 7 days

                                                    –       set fire to the palace

                                                   –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Israel

Omri (Is.):                                 – reigned 12 years

                                                   –       built Samaria

                                                   –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Is.

Ahab (Is.):                                 – reigned 22 years

                                                   –       re-built Jericho & gates

                                                    –       fortified cities

                                                   –       fought the Arameans

                                                   –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Is.

Jehosaphat (J.):                       – reigned 25 years

                                                     –       built forts and cities

                                                      –       military exploits

                                                      –       rid the land of male shrine prostitutes

                                                      –       built a fleet of trading ships, destroyed at Ezion Geber

                                                      –       other events written in the annals of the kings of Judah & Jehu son of Hanani

Ahaziah (Is.):                              – reigned 2 years

                                                     –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Is.

Joram (Is.):                                – reigned 12 years

                                                    –       fought wars with Moab & others

Jehoram (J.):                            – reigned 8 years

                                                    –       fought Edom

                                                    –       fought the Philistines & Arabs who carried off goods from the palace

                                                    –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Judah

Ahaziah (J.):                             – reigned 1 year

                                                   –       fought with Joram against Hazeal king of Aram

                                                   –       killed by Jehu

Jehu (Is.):                                 – reigned 28 years

                                                   –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Is.

Joash (.):                                  – survived reign of terror of Athaliah

                                                    –       reigned 40 years

                                                    –       re-built the temple according to its original design

                                                    –       new articles were made for burnt offerings

                                                    –       new dishes and other objects made

                                                    –       plunder sent to Damascus by army of Aram

                                                    –       other events written in the annals of the King s of Judah & the annotations on the book of kings.

Jehoaz (Is.):                             – reigned 17 years

                                                   –       fought king of Aram

                                                   –       other events and achievements written in the annals of the Kings of Israel.

Jehoash (Is.):                           – reigned 16 years

                                                    –       fought Amaziah, king of Judah

                                                    –       other events & achievements written in the annals of the Kings of Is.

Amaziah (J.):                             – reigned 29 years

                                                    –       lost all the gold, silver & treasures in the temple & palace

                                                    –       defeated 10,000 Edomites

                                                    –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Judah

Jeroboam II (Is.):                     – reigned 41 years

                                                    –       restored the boundaries of Is. From Lebo Hamath to the

                                                    –       Sea of the Arabah

                                                    –       Recovered both Damascus and Hamath

                                                    –       Other events written in the annals of the Kings of Is.

Azariah (Uzziah) (J.):               – reigned 52 years

                                                    –       re-built Elath

                                                    –       re-built towns near Ashdod

                                                    –       built towers at the Corner, Valley Gates & the Angle wall

                                                    –       built towers in the desert

                                                    –       built cisterns

                                                    –       other events recorded by Isaiah & the annals of the Kings of Judah

Zechariah (Is.):                         – reigned 6 months

                                                    –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Is.

Shallum (Is.):                            –  reigned 1 month

                                                    –       other events written in the annals of the kings of Is.

Menaham (Is.):                         – reigned 10 years

                                                    –       Gave 1000 talents of silver to Pul, king of Assyria

                                                    –       Other events written in the annals of the Kings of Is.

Pekahiah (Is.):                          – reigned 2 years

                                                    –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Is.

Pekah (Is.)                                – reigned 20 years

                                                    –       lost Ijon, and other cities to Tiglath-Pileser of Assyria.

                                                    –       Lost people who were sent to Assyria

                                                    –       Other events written in the annals of the Kings of Is.

Jotham (J.):                              – reigned 16 years

                                                   –       re-built upper gate of the temple

                                                   –       extensive work on the wall at Ophy

                                                   –       built towns in Judean hills

                                                   –       built forts and towers in wooded areas

                                                   –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Judah

Ahaz (J.):                                  – reigned 16years

                                                   –       fought wars

                                                   –       took articles from the temple & palace and gave them to Assyria

                                                   –       took furnishings from the temple

                                                   –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Judah

Hoshea (Is.):                            – last king of Israel

                                                    –       reigned 9 years

                                                    –       paid tribute

Hezekiah (J.):                           –  reigned 29 years

                                                    –       God was with him and he was successful in all that he did

                                                    –       Defeated the Philistines

                                                    –       Paid tribute

                                                    –       Everything sent/taken to Babylon

                                                    –       Made treasuries

                                                    –       Made warehouses

                                                    –       Built a pool

                                                    –       Built a tunnel

                                                    –       Took items from the temple & palace and gave them to Assyria

                                                    –       Built stalls & pens

                                                    –       Other events written in the annals of the Kings of Judah

Manasseh (J.):                         –  reigned 55 years

                                                    –       Judah looted and plundered by all foes

                                                    –       Re-built high places and outer wall

                                                    –       Other events written in the annals of the Kings of Judah

Amon (J.):                                 –  reigned 2 years

                                                    –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Judah

Josiah (J.):                               –  reigned 31 years

                                                   –       renovated the temple

                                                   –       tore down alters

                                                   –       tore buildings down

                                                   –       renovated other buildings

                                                   –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Judah

Jehoahaz (J.):                          –  reigned 3 months

                                                   –       taken to Egypt

                                                   –       paid tribute to Egypt

Jehoiakim (J.):                         –  reigned 11 years

                                                    –       other events written in the annals of the Kings of Judah

Jehoiachin (J.):                        –  reigned 3 months

                                                    –       Nebuchadnezzar removed all the treasures from the

                                                    –       Temple & palace and took all the gold articles Solomon had made

                                                    –       Taken to Babylon

Zedekiah (J.):                            – reigned 11 years

                                                    –       taken captive

                                                    –       Nebuchadnezzar burned the temple, palaces, broke down wall of Jerusalem, destroyed everything of value

                                                    –       Carried away articles & treasures of the temple, the king and high officials.

It is not hard to see why there are so few artifacts or remains from the early reigns of the Kings David and Solomon.  Things were constantly being re-built, renovated, stolen, and ransomed and so on.  If we want to find the treasures of Israel’s past it might be best if one searched in Babylon, Assyria and Egypt for those are the countries that received the most treasures.

There seems to be one case of co-regency and that is with Uzziah and his son but this is a list of kings not a detailed research paper and that work will be left for others to do.

Those that claim alternatives to the history of Israel need to take into account all of the activities that are not detailed in the Bible but are recorded in the books mentioned after the reign of each king.

We see that the purpose of the Bible is not to record a detailed history of each kings’ acts but to show the result of disobeying God and pursuing evil.  We also see how God keeps His promises to those faithful to Him even though their children stray and practice sin.

These are the lessons we need to learn, not who did what to whom and whom built what, for the reality is– what is important is obeying God and doing what He says.

(Is. = Israel; J. = Judah)

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