The death of King Josiah (2 Kings 23:28-23:30)

“Now the rest of the acts of King Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? In his days Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt went up to the king of Assyria to the Euphrates River. King Josiah went to meet him. But when Pharaoh Neco saw him at Megiddo, he killed him. His servants carried him dead in a chariot from Megiddo. They brought him to Jerusalem. They buried him in his own tomb. The people of the land took Jehoahaz son of King Josiah, anointed him, and made him king in place of his father.”

Once again for more information about King Josiah, you can check out the lost “Book of the Annals. Apparently, there was fight with Egypt as King Neco met King Josiah at Megiddo, in the upper Manasseh territory and killed him there. King Neco of Egypt was probably King Nekau II (610-594 BCE). As the Assyrian empire was falling apart he took a lot of land from Assyria. He had a battle at Megiddo with the Assyrians and King Josiah, where Josiah was killed. It seems that Judah and King Josiah sided with the Assyrians. They took his body back to Jerusalem and buried it in a separate tomb. Then his son King Jehoahaz took over as the king of Judah.

 

The death of King Ahaz (2 Kings 16:19-16:20)

“Now the rest of the acts of King Ahaz that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? King Ahaz slept with his ancestors. He was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His son King Hezekiah succeeded him.”

Once again for more information check the lost “Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah.” King Ahaz died and was buried in Jerusalem. His son King Hezekiah followed him to the throne.

The death of King Jotham (2 Kings 15:36-15:38)

“Now the rest of the acts of King Jotham, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? In those days Yahweh began to send King Rezin of Aram and King Pekah son of Remaliah against Judah. King Jotham slept with his ancestors. He was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His son King Ahaz succeeded him.”

Once again, for more details, see the lost “Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah.” While King Jotham ruled, the kings of Aram and Israel fought against him. It is difficult to see if they were successful. He died and was buried in Jerusalem. His son King Ahaz took over after him.

The death of King Joash of Judah (2 Kings 12:19-12:22)

“Now the rest of the acts of King Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? His servants arose, devised a conspiracy, and killed King Joash in the house of Millo, on the way that goes down to Silla. It was Jozacar son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer, his servants, who struck him down, so that he died. They buried him with his ancestors in the city of David. Then his son King Amaziah succeeded him.”

Once again, if you want more information about King Joash, the lost “Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah” would be helpful. King Joash met a tragic end. Without giving any details, his servants rose up against him, led by Jozacar, and killed him. This is a little strange. However, his son Amaziah became the king.  King Joash was killed at the Millo or fortress that goes to Silla. This is the only mention of Silla. The Millo was built by King Solomon. This is also the only mention in biblical literature of this Jozacar, who led the revolt. However, they buried him in Jerusalem with his ancestors. His son King Amaziah took over after him, so this was not a dynasty revolution, put a personal one. Apparently, he was more like his grandmother, Queen Athaliah, than his priestly mentor Jehoiada. Perhaps, they were mad that King Joash had not fought against King Hazael of Aram and gave away so many royal and temple treasures.

The reign of King Rehoboam (931-913 BCE) (1 Kings 14:29-14:31)

“The rest of the acts of King Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. Rehoboam slept with his ancestors. He was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonite. His son Abijam succeeded him.”

Once again, we have a reference to another lost book, “The Book of the Annals or Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.” This must have been something like the book for the kings of Israel. Once again, it may have been the local royal scribes keeping records. Rehoboam and Jeroboam are almost synchronized in their reigning. They spent most of their life fighting and warring against each other. Rehoboam seems to have died before Jeroboam.