Between 598-597 B.C.E., the Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar quelled Jehoiakim
's rebellion, deporting the royal family, court officials and important citizens.
Muck is written with the urgency and wrath of biblical prophecy: it is a rewrite of the Book of Jeremiah, oddly transported to a Jerusalem that is simultaneously the city during the rule of King Jehoiakim
(sixth century <B>BCE),</B> the contemporary metropolis, and a dystopian grotesque version of both.
In the 7th century B.C., King Jehoiakim
of Judah burned part of a scroll written by Baruch ben Neriah at prophet Jeremiah's dictation (Jeremiah 36: 1-25).
Jeremiah chapter 26 provides a window into the complex religious state of the society that Jeremiah confronted at the beginning of Jehoiakim
petition of Jehoiakim
McToksin, citizen of the Stockbridge, or
(43) Compare the condemnation of king Jehoiakim
in II Chronicles 36:5 ("He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD his God") with Jeremiah's invective against the same monarch's social policies: "your eyes and heart are only ...
Stephen Rodger/Zedekiah's grandfather is said to be Jehoiakim
[Joachim], father of Mary the mother of Jesus, making Jesus Stephen Rodger's uncle.
Life panel from Ezekiel and as Nebuchadnezzar killing Jehoiakim
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.
They brought Uriah out of Egypt and brought him to King Jehoiakim
, who put him to the sword and threw his body in the cemetery of the commons.
There are poll taxes, such as that in Exodus where the people of Israel make a payment to God for their delivery from Egypt under which "the rich man is not to pay more, nor the poor man less, than half a shekel." (8) There also appear to have been proportionate taxes, (9) notably by Jehoiakim
to meet a forced payment to Egypt, which was levied "from each according to his means," (10) and even possibly progressive taxes that seem to fall only on the wealthy ("the men of rank").
It is his brother Gemariah who would be part of the circle of advisors around Jehoiakim
when the scroll was burned (36:12, 25), and it will be his son Gedalia to whom the Babylonians will entrust Jeremiah in 587 and whom the Babylonians will appoint to be governor over the province (39:14; 40:7)." William Holladay, A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah Chapters 26-52, Philadelphia, Fortress, 1989, p.