Jehoram of Judah

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Jehoram of Judah was the king of Judah, and the son of Jehoshaphat (2 Kings 8:16). Albright has dated his reign to 849 - 842 BC, while Thiele offers the dates 848 - 841 BC.

Jehoram formed an alliance with the kingdom of Israel by marrying Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab. Despite this alliance with the stronger northern kingdom, Jehoram's rule of Judah was shakey. Edom revolted, and when Jehoram marched against this people, his army fled before the Edomites, and he was forced to acknowledge their independence. The town of Libnah revolted during his reign, according to the author of 2 Chronicles (21:10), because he "had abandoned Yahweh, God of his fathers."

2 Chronicles relates that a raid consisting of Philistines, Arabs and Ethiopians looted the king's house, and carried off all of his family except for his youngest son Jehoahaz (21:16f). After this, Jehoram was aflicted with a painful inflamination of the abdomen, and died two years later (21:18f).

Preceded by:
Jehoshaphat
King of Judah Succeeded by:
Ahaziah
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