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2 KINGS IX. 27. 95 The

by Manasseh Ben Israel
2 KINGS IX. 27. 95 The contradiction appears clear; for, besides that cited in the texts, it is seen to be impossible he could have been forty- two years of age when he com-menced to reign, for Jehoram began his reign at thirty- two years old, and he reigned eight years, making together forty ; how then could the son be forty-two years of age when he commenced his reign, by which he would appear to have been two years older than his father ? RECONCILIATION. R. David Kimchi explains this by saying, Jehoram reigned more than the eight years attributed to him in Kings, but he only exercised the royal authority for that period, when he fell into the power of the Arabians, and suffered his severe illness; the people thereupon raised Ahaziah, who was then twenty- two years of age, to the regal power, and he reigned twenty years in company with his father; upon his death they re- elected him, being then forty- two years of age, and he reigned only a year after the death of his father. In this manner the texts conciliate. R. Levi ben Gershon settles the difficulty in another manner: he says, the forty- two years are not to be reckoned from the birth of Ahaziah, but from the commencement of the dynasty of his family, that is Omri, which was in the 31st of Asa king of Judah; he reigned six years in Tirzah, his son Ahab reigned twenty- two years, Ahaziah two, and Joram twelve, making altogether forty- two years; but, from being a descendant of Omri, he was killed by Jehu, together with the king of Israel. QUESTION 42. 2 Kings 9: 27. And he fled to Megiddo, and 2 Chron- 22: 9. He was hid in Samaria, died there. and they brought him to Jehu, and he killed him. If Ahaziah, king of Judah, fled to Megiddo, and, being wounded, died there, how is it said, that he hid himself in Samaria ? RECONCILIATION. R. David Kimchi conciliates these two verses, saying, that Ahaziah, wounded in the carriage, fled to Megiddo, and from the wounds lost his senses, so that they judged him as dead, and might say he died there; as in another passage the Holy Scripture says, that Nabal, hearing from  his wife Abigail, what had occurred with David,  his heart died within hira, 3although  he did not die until ten days after. He considers the same in this passage; and that in Megiddo he lost his senses, and subsequently hiding himself in Samaria, he was taken, brought to Jehu, and killed in his presence, as related in Chronicles. Or, as Don Isaac Abarbanel says, the verse,  and he fled to Megiddo and died there, alludes to that battle and action, and not to the place: by which there is no difficulty. 3 1 Sam. 25.37.   Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index t

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2 KINGS IX. 27. 95 The contradiction appears clear; for, besides that cited in the texts, it is seen to be impossible he could have been forty- two years of age when he com-menced to reign, for Jehoram began his reign at thirty- two years old, and he reigned eight years, making together forty ; how then could the son be forty-two years of age when he commenced his reign, by which he would appear to have been two years older than his father ? RECONCILIATION. R. David Kimchi explains this by saying, Jehoram reigned more than the eight years attributed to him in Kings, but he only exercised the royal authority for that period, when he fell into the power of the Arabians, and suffered his severe illness; the people thereupon raised Ahaziah, who was then twenty- two years of age, to the regal power, and he reigned twenty years in company with his father; upon his death they re- elected him, being then forty- two years of age, and he reigned only a year after the death of his father. In this manner the texts conciliate. R. Levi ben Gershon settles the difficulty in another manner: he says, the forty- two years are not to be reckoned from the birth of Ahaziah, but from the commencement of the dynasty of his family, that is Omri, which was in the 31st of Asa king of Judah; he reigned six years in Tirzah, his son Ahab reigned twenty- two years, Ahaziah two, and Joram twelve, making altogether forty- two years; but, from being a descendant of Omri, he was killed by Jehu, together with the king of Israel. QUESTION 42. 2 Kings 9: 27. And he fled to Megiddo, and 2 Chron- 22: 9. He was hid in Samaria, died there. and they brought him to Jehu, and he killed him. If Ahaziah, king of Judah, fled to Megiddo, and, being wounded, died there, how is it said, that he hid himself in Samaria ? RECONCILIATION. R. David Kimchi conciliates these two verses, saying, that Ahaziah, wounded in the carriage, fled to Megiddo, and from the wounds lost his senses, so that they judged him as dead, and might say he died there; as in another passage the Holy Scripture says, that Nabal, hearing from his wife Abigail, what had occurred with David, \\" his heart died within hira,\\" 3although he did not die until ten days after. He considers the same in this passage; and that in Megiddo he lost his senses, and subsequently hiding himself in Samaria, he was taken, brought to Jehu, and killed in his presence, as related in Chronicles. Or, as Don Isaac Abarbanel says, the verse, \\" and he fled to Megiddo and died there,\\" alludes to that battle and action, and not to the place: by which there is no difficulty. 3 1 Sam. 25.37. << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index t
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