Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Kings of Israel in the Bible

The melekhim of the Southern KingdomYahudah (which also included Benyhamine & Shimon as well as theLevites) reigned between 931 to 586 when the Babylonian Galut/ Exile occured due to disobedience/ unfaithfulness to The Holy One.  During this era, some kings were relatively good.  It is recorded in Scripture that Hezekiah was the best (which could possibly include David, although Very doubtful).  Hezekiah's ben, Manasseh was exceedingly rah/ evil.  Josiah was a very good king & was taught by Levites.  However, later in his life, not so good. Other somewhat good (at least not exceedingly evil) kings were AsaYehosaphatJoashAmaziahUzziah(Azariah) & Jotham.  It appears that Zedekiah (who was very evil/ never ever any good at all) could have saved the First Temple, but did not.

The kings of the Northern Kingdom (which was destroyed in 722 BCE by the Assyrians due to disobedience/ unfaithfulness/ evil) where all of the kings were very bad, existed between 931 to 712 or 722 BCE.

Jeroboam, bad, 930-909 B.C.
Nadab, bad, 909-908 B.C.
Baasha, bad, 908-886 B.C.
Elah, bad, 886-885 B.C.
Zimri, bad, 885 B.C.
Tibni, bad, 885-880 B.C.
Omri (overlap), extra bad, 885-874 B.C.
Ahab, the worst, 874-853 B.C.
Ahaziah, bad, 853-852 B.C.
Joram, bad mostly, 852-841 B.C.
Jehu, not good but better than the rest, 841-814 B.C.
Jehoahaz, bad, 814-798 B.C.
Joash, bad, 798-782 B.C.
Jeroboam II (overlap), bad, 793-753 B.C.
Zechariah, bad, 753 B.C.
Shallum, bad, 752 B.C.
Menahem, bad, 752-742 B.C.
Pekahiah, bad, 742-740 B.C.
Pekah (overlap), bad, 752-732 B.C.
Hoshea, bad, 732-722 B.C.

Rehoboam, bad mostly, 933-916 B.C.
Abijah, bad mostly, 915-913 B.C.
Asa, GOOD, 912-872 B.C.
Jehoshaphat, GOOD, 874-850 B.C.
Jehoram, bad, 850-843 B.C.
Ahaziah, bad, 843 B.C.
Athaliah, devilish, 843-837 B.C.
Joash, good mostly, 843-803 B.C.
Amaziah, good mostly, 803-775 B.C.
Uzziah, GOOD mostly, 787-735 B.C.
Jotham, GOOD, 749-734 B.C.
Ahaz, wicked, 741-726 B.C.
Hezekiah, THE BEST, 726-697 B.C.
Manasseh, the worst, 697-642 B.C.
Amon, the worst, 641-640 B.C.
Josiah, THE BEST, 639-608 B.C.
Jehoahaz, bad, 608 B.C.
Jehoiakim, wicked, 608-597 B.C.
Jehoiachin, bad, 597 B.C.
Zedekiah, bad, 597-586 B.C.

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