Josiah (Joh-si´uh; Heb., “Yah[weh] gives,” “cures,” or “brings forth”)

1 The son of King Amon by Jedidah, whom the people of the land made king of Judah at the age of eight after his father’s assassination (639 BCE). Josiah’s reign during the last half of the seventh century BCE lasted thirty-one years and is remembered as a time of religious reform. According to (2Kgs 23), the reform (ca. 620) was motivated by discovery of the “book of the law,” generally considered some form of Deuteronomy. Josiah was killed in 609 BCE at Megiddo (2Kgs 23:29; but cf. 2Chr 35:20-24). 2 The son of Zephaniah, a Jerusalemite homeowner who lived immediately after the exile (Zech 6:10).

2Kgs 23

Josiah's Reformation
1Then the king directed that all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem should be gathered to him.2The king went up to the house of the Lord, an ... View more

2Kgs 23:29

29In his days Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt went up to the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates. King Josiah went to meet him; but when Pharaoh Neco met him at M ... View more

2Chr 35:20-24

Defeat by Pharaoh Neco and Death of Josiah
20After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, King Neco of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the E ... View more

Zech 6:10

10Collect silver and gold from the exiles—from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah—who have arrived from Babylon; and go the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zep ... View more

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