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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Jehoram

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JEHORAM , in the shorter form JORAM , is the name of two kings in the OT.

1. Jehoram of Israel was a son of Ahab ( 2 Kings 3:1 ), and came to the throne after the brief reign of his brother Ahaziah. The first thing that claimed his attention was the revolt of Moab. This he endeavoured to suppress, and with the aid of Jehoshaphat of Judah he obtained some successes. But at the crisis of the conflict the king of Moab sacrificed his son to his god Chemosh. The result was that the invading army was discouraged, and the allies retreated without having accomplished their purpose ( 2 Kings 3:4 ff.). It is probable that the Moabites assumed the offensive, and took the Israelite cities of whose capture Mesha boasts. The prophet Elisha was active during the reign of Jehoram, and it is probable that the siege of Samaria, of which we have so graphic an account in 2 Kings 6:1-33; 2 Kings 7:1-20 , also belongs to this period. Jehoram engaged in the siege of Ramoth-gilead, and was wounded there. The sequel in the revolt of Jehu is well known. See Jehu.

2. Jehoram of Judah , son of Jehoshaphat, came to the throne during the reign of the other Jehoram in Israel. He was married to Athaliah, daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. All that the history tells us is that he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and that Edom revolted successfully from Judah in his time. In endeavouring to subdue this revolt Jehoram was in great danger, but with a few of his men he cut his way through the troops that surrounded him ( 2 Kings 8:16-24 ).

3. A priest sent by Jehoshaphat to teach the Law ( 2 Chronicles 17:8 ).

H. P. Smith.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Jehoram'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/j/jehoram.html. 1909.

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