• Jehu’s Slaughter of Judah’s Royal Family at Beth-Eked (2 Kings 10:13–14): A Closer Look

    Author(s):
    Cat Quine (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Omride-Judahite Alliance, Book of Kings, Omride Israel, Jehu's Revolt, Ancient Israel and Judea
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/1gg4-h728
    Abstract:
    Why were the brothers of king Ahaziah at Beth-Eked in Israel, following the deaths of king Ahaziah and his northern ally, king Joram? This paper takes a closer look at the events of Beth-Eked in 2Kgs 10:13–14 and proposes that the brothers of Ahaziah represent a Judahite delegation seeking to maintain שׁלום with the Omrides in response to Jehu’s coup. If so, then Olyan’s observation of the ironic use of שׁלום in 2Kgs 9 should be extended to 2Kgs 10. In addition, it suggests that Jehu’s slaughter of the Judahites at Beth-Eked was the major turning point in the breaking of the Omride-Judahite alliance, rather than the initial deaths of the two kings.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 years ago
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