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The trouble with King Jehoshaphat

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Jehoshaphat is unique in the Chronicler's account of the kings of Judah. Judging from the amount of space devoted to his reign in Chronicles, he is in the same league as Hezekiah and Josiah. This chapter examines the Chronicler's account of Jehoshaphat in order to propose an explanation for its uniqueness. The account of Jehoshaphat's reign in Chronicles contains six basic sections namely, introduction describing Jehoshaphat's righteousness, Jehoshaphat's educational campaign, joint military venture with Ahab of Israel to Ramoth-Gilead, Jehoshaphat's judicial reforms, Jehoshaphat defeats the Ammonite-Moabite coalition and conclusion of Jehoshaphat's reign. The Chronicler's ambivalence about Jehoshaphat stems from his interpretation of Kings through the lens of his own theology.

Keywords: Ahab of Israel; Jehoshaphat's reign; kings of Judah



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