He later died at Megiddo. However, Jehosheba, Ahaziah's sister, managed to rescue from the purge Jehoash, a grandson of Athaliah and Jehoram of Judah, who was only one year old. 23 Then Jehu went into the house of Ba’al with Jehon’adab the son of Rechab; and he said to the worshipers of Ba’al, “Search, and see that there is no servant of the LORD here among you, but only the worshipers of Ba’al.” 24 Then he went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. William F. Albright has dated her reign to 842–837 BC, while Edwin R. Thiele in the third edition of his magnum opus dates her reign from 842/841 to 836/835 BC. She tried to escape but was hunted down like an animal, pursued by the mercenaries then assassinated at the Horse Gate of the palace. Spared because she was, after all, just a woman, she now took command of Judah – there were no surviving adult sons or grandsons to do so – and became its queen. 849-842? 13 When Athali’ah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she went into the house of the LORD to the people; 14 and when she looked, there was the king standing by the pillar, according to the custom, and the captains and the trumpeters beside the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets. 74) to Racine's play, first performed in Berlin in 1845. Athaliah counseled her son in his devilish schemes (2 Chronicles 22:3). He assembled a group of foreign mercenaries to guard himself and the boy – the Jerusalem soldiery seem to have been loyal to Athaliah and therefore useless to Jehoiada. Jehoram of Judah reigned for eight years. All of Athaliah’s male relatives in Jezreel, capital city of Israel – the seventy boys and young men in the royal family, were rounded up and beheaded. Accounts of the life of Athaliah are to be found in 2 Kings 8:16-11:16 and 2 Chronicles 22:10-23:15 in the Hebrew Bible. Joash 's Escape. (Now Joram had kept Ramothgilead, he … For other uses, see, "2 Kings 11:1 Multilingual: Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family", List of Jewish leaders in the Land of Israel, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Athaliah&oldid=986310728, Wikipedia articles with Trove identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 31 October 2020, at 01:58. 20 And Jehu ordered, “Sanctify a solemn assembly for Ba’al.” So they proclaimed it. For all those years, faithful believers had to wait and serve an unworthy monarch in the hope of better days, trying to maintain their integrity at a time when it was very hard to be faithful. Upon hearing the news of Ahaziah's death, Athaliah seized the throne of Judah and ordered the execution of all possible claimants to the throne, including the remnant of her Omri dynasty. Then he wheeled his chariot around to pursue Aziah. The German composer Felix Mendelssohn, among others, wrote incidental music (his op. When he was 22 he was assassinated by Jehu, who had usurped the throne of Israel. how did jehoram die. Athaliah was probably the daughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, rulers of the rich northern kingdom of Israel (see map below). Athaliah’s husband, Jehoram, was king of Judah until his death in 841 BC. King Ahab was a corrupt ruler who led the people of Israel into the false worship of Baal and other idolatrous practices. Once in power, Athaliah attacked the Yahwist priestly party who were behind the attempted coup in Judah and the successful one in Israel. Athaliah sat upon the throne of David, and she reigned six years. 22 He said to him who was in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out the vestments for all the worshipers of Ba’al.” So he brought out the vestments for them. Jehoram's rule of Judah was shaky. 16 And he said, “Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD.” So he had him ride in his chariot. She is usually considered to have been the daughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of Israel. Everyone in this story was ruthless enough to do anything they thought necessary to gain or hold onto power. Athaliah, queen mother in the Bible, was the most powerful woman in Judah. 14 He said, “Take them alive.” And they took them alive, and slew them at the pit of Beth-eked, forty-two persons, and he spared none of them. It is much more likely that Jehu’s agents killed the boys and that the biblical historian shifted the blame onto Athaliah, who was no friend of the Jerusalem priesthood. Jehoram became king of Judah in the fifth year of Jehoram of Israel's reign (2 Kings 8:16). Athaliah was a queen-at-all-cost kind of gal. :104 However, a starting date of 842/841 for Athaliah is one year before the date of 841/840 that Thiele gave for the death of her son, Ahaziah,:101 a conflict which Thiele never resolved.