Jehoshaphat

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Jehoshaphat (alternately spelled Jehosaphat, Josaphat, or Yehoshafat; Hebrew: יְהוֹשָׁפָט, Modern Yehoshafat Tiberian Yəhôšāp̄āṭ ; " Jehovah has judged"; Greek: Ιωσαφατ; Latin: Josaphat) was the fourth king of the Kingdom of Judah, and successor of his father Asa.[1] His children included Jehoram, who succeeded him as king. His mother was Azubah[2] Historically, his name has sometimes been connected with the Valley of Jehosaphat,[3] where, according to Joel 3:2, the God of Israel will gather all nations for judgment.

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Jehoshaphat took the throne at the age of thirty-five and reigned for twenty-five years.[2] William F. Albright has dated the reign of Jehoshaphat to 873 – 849 BC. E. R. Thiele held that he became coregent with his father Asa in Asa's thirty-ninth year, 872/871 BC, the year Asa was afflicted with a severe disease in his feet, and then became sole regent when Asa died of the disease in 870/869 BC, his own death occurring in 848/847 BC.[4] Thiele's chronology for the first kings of Judah contained an internal inconsistency that later scholars corrected by dating these kings one year earlier, so that Jehoshaphat's dates are taken as one year earlier in the present article: coregency beginning in 873/871, sole reign commencing in 871/870, and death in 849/848 BC.

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