The Kings of Israel

An informative list of kings who reigned in Israel

Introduction

The book of kings takes us from the appointing of Saul as king, to the division of Israel, through the fall of both kingdoms. A major focus is the Israelites' constant struggle with idolatry. Idolatry has always been mankind's weakness and plays heavily in the events of the end days. The reason idolatry is so prominent, I believe, is that we are easily able to convince ourselves that things like stealing, murder, and lying are wrong, regardless of where we stand with God. However, pagan festivities (like Halloween) appear harmless and fun, which means it requires a deeper relationship with God to reject such things. However, the more we indulge in such activities, the weaker our relationship with God becomes.
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Kings of Israel

Keeping the kings of Israel straight is difficult, especially when several of them share a name. Below, I'm provide a table with information on each kings rule for reference. Estimates of the years in which each king reigned were taken are cited below and are based on E.R. Thiele's calculations.[3] Dynasties of the northern kingdom are marked by color left of the king's name.

The United Kingdom of Israel
KingLength of Reign (years)Estimate Time PeriodRelationship with GodNotes
Saul401051-1011bcRocky
David401011-971bcStrong
Solomon40971-931bcStrong
The Southern Kingdom (Judah)The Northern Kingdom (Israel)
KingReignYearsGodly?Notes KingReignYearsGodly?Notes
Rehoboam17930-913bcRelationship with God
Jeroboam22930-909bcBad
Abijah3913-910bcBad
Asa41910-869bcGreat
Nadab2909-908bcBad
Baasha24908-886bcBad
Elah2886-885bcBad
Zimri7days885bcBad
Tibni / Omri5885-880bc-
Omri12885-874bcVery Bad
Jehoshaphat25872-848bcGood
Ahab22874-853bcBad
Jehoram8853-841bcBad
Jehoram12852-841bcNot as Bad
Ahaziah1841bcBad
Jehu28841-814bcNot as Bad
Queen Athaliah7841-835bcReally Bad
Joash40835-796bcMostly Good
Jehoahaz17814-798bcBad
Amaziah29796-767bcMostly Good
Jehoash16798-782bcBad
Uzziah/
Azariah
52792-740bcMostly Good
Jeroboam II41793-753bcBad
Zachariah0.5753bcBad
Shallum0.08752bcBad
Jotham16750-732bcOK
Menahem0.08752-742bcBad
Pekahiah2742-740bcBad
Pekah20752-732bcBad
Ahaz16735-715bcBad
Hosea9732-723bcNot as Bad
Hezekiah29715-686bcBest
Manasseh55696-642bcWorst
Amon2642-640bcHorrible
Josiah31640-609bcGreat
Jehoahaz0.25609bcBad
Jehoiakim/
Eliakim
11609-598bcBad
Jehoiachin0.25598-597bcBad
Mattaniah / Zedekiah11597-586bcBad

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References

  1. William MacDonald. Believers Bible Commentary, pg. 407. 1998
  2. Edwin R. Thiele. "The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings". Wikipedia; visited April 2017
  3. "Pekah". Wikipedia; visited April 2017

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