Zechariah of Israel

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Zechariah
King of Israel
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Reignc. 752 BC (reigned 6 months)
PredecessorJeroboam II
SuccessorShallum
Died752 BC
Kingdom of Israel
Full name
Zechariah ben Jeroboam
ReligionJudaism

Zechariah (Hebrew: זְכַרְיָהZəḵaryāh, meaning "remembered by Yah"; also Zachariah, Zacharias; Latin: Zacharias) was a king of the northern Israelite Kingdom of Israel, and son of Jeroboam II.

Zechariah became king of Israel in Samaria in the thirty-eighth year of Azariah, king of Judah. (2 Kings 15:8) William F. Albright has dated his reign to 746 BC – 745 BC, while E. R. Thiele offers the dates 753 BC – 752 BC.[1]

The account of his reign is briefly told in 2 Kings (2 Kings 15:8-12). According to the Bible, Zechariah did what was evil in the Lord's sight, as the previous kings of Israel since Jeroboam I had done. Zechariah ruled Israel for only six months before Shallum, a captain from his own army, murdered him and took the throne. This ended the dynasty of Jehu after four generations of his descendants, fulfilling the prophecy in 2 Kings 10:30.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edwin Thiele, The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings, (1st ed.; New York: Macmillan, 1951; 2d ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965; 3rd ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Kregel, 1983). ISBN 0-8254-3825-X, 9780825438257
Zechariah of Israel
House of Jehoshaphat
Contemporary Kings of Judah: Uzziah/Azariah
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Jeroboam II
King of Israel
753 – 752 BC
Succeeded by
Shallum