Evil-merodach treated Jehoiachin
kindly, providing Jehoiachin
with a daily allowance of food and/or cash (depending on the translation), for the rest of Jehoiachin
4) He also suggests that the release of Jehoiachin
from prison at the end of Kings (II Kgs.
Similarly, does the absence from Judges of any mention of Egypt, Babylonia, and Assyria as oppressors of Israel indicate that one context of the various possibilities for its (layers of) composition may be conveyed by the political disarray described by the Babylonian "Erra Epic" that allowed for the emergence and consolidation of a number of smaller nations; or is that absence simply dictated by the flow of the biblical narrative composed by the royal scribes of the exiled King Jehoiachin
bring about calamities, such as the exile of Jehoiachin
, which led
This was a family of central importance during the reign of Josiah which, apparently, fell out of favor during the reigns of Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin
, and Zedekiah.
On the domestic political level, this period saw the last four kings of Judah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin
, and Zedekiah, (1) rise and fall from power in quick progression (II Kgs.
Code in Scripture's Priestly Benediction.
The book of Kings concludes with the release from prison in Babylonia of Jehoiachin
, the legitimate claimant to the Davidic throne, and the implicit hope in the restoration of the monarchy.
Zerubbabel is a grandson of exiled King Jehoiachin
, thus part of the Davidic line.
Holladay (153) notes that events from all three of the last kings of Judah--Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin
, and Zedekiah--are conflated here under one character, Jonacheim.
If he is the same Elnathan who was the father of Nehushta and the grandfather of Jehoiachin
his son succeeded him but only for a period of three months.