Josiah, yo-shi-YA-hu, יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ
Josiah (Wikipedia)
For other people of the same name, see Josiah (given name).
King of Judah
Reign 640 to 609 BCE
Predecessor Amon of Judah
Successor Jehoahaz of Judah
Born c. 648 BCE
probably Jerusalem
Died Tammuz (June/July) 609 BCE
Spouse Zebudah
Issue Johanan
House House of David
Father Amon
Mother Jedidah

Josiah or Yoshiyahu (/ˈs.ə/ or /əˈz.ə/;Hebrew: יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ, Modern Yoshiyyáhu, Tiberian Yôšiyyāhû, literally meaning "healed by Yah" or "supported of Yah"; Latin: Iosias; c. 649–609 BCE) was a king of Judah (641–609 BCE), who according to the Hebrew Bible, instituted major religious changes. Josiah is credited by most historians with having established or compiled important Hebrew Scriptures during the "Deuteronomic reform" that occurred during his rule.

Josiah became king of Judah at the age of eight, after the assassination of his father, King Amon, and reigned for thirty-one years, from 641/640 to 610/609 BCE. He is described as a very righteous king, a king who "walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left" (2 Kings 22:2).

He is also one of the kings mentioned in one of the two divergent genealogies of Jesus in the New Testament.

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