Ahaziah, a-khaz-YA-hu, אֲחַזְיָהוּ
Ahaziah_of_Judah (Wikipedia)
King of Judah
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Reign c. 842 - 841 BCE
Predecessor Jehoram of Judah
Successor Athaliah
Born Jerusalem, Kingdom of Judah
Died c. 841 BCE
Megiddo, Kingdom of Israel
Burial c. 841 BC
City of David
Spouse Zibiah
Issue Jehoash of Judah
Full name
Ahaziah ben Jehoram
Hebrew אֲחַזְיָה
House House of David
Father Jehoram of Judah
Mother Athaliah
This entry is not about King Ahaziah of Israel.

Ahaziah of Judah (Hebrew: אֲחַזְיָה, ʼĂḥazyāh; Greek: Οχοζιας Okhozias; Latin: Ahazia) or Jehoahaz (2 Chronicles 21:17; 25:23), was a king of Judah, and the son of Jehoram and Athaliah, the daughter (or possibly sister) of king Ahab of Israel.

According to 2 Kings 8:26, Ahaziah was 22 years old when he became king of Judah and reigned for one year. However, 2 Chronicles 22:2 gives his age as 42 years when his reign began. Most scholars regard the 42 years in 2 Chronicles 22:2 as a copyist's error for an original 22 years. The age of 22 is also found in some Greek and Syrian versions of 2 Chronicles 22:2.

William F. Albright has dated his reign to 842 BC, while E. R. Thiele offers the date 841/840 BC. As explained in the Rehoboam article, Thiele's chronology for the first kings of Judah contained an internal inconsistency that placed Ahaziah's reign one year after his mother Athaliah usurped the throne. Later scholars corrected this by dating these kings one year earlier, so that Ahaziah's dates are taken as one year earlier than Thiele's in the present article.

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