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Synchronisms between the reigns of the northern and southern kingdoms (Israel and Judah) are all affected by an apparent discrepancy of a few years. The case of Joash’s 23rd year is particularly affected, but the basic reason is the same as other kings. It relates to whether a kingdom uses the 'accessional' or 'non-accessional' method of dating. In both ...


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This passage suggests that perhaps this young people were false prophets of Baal. The challenge, registered in colloquial language of the time, meant that if Elisha was really a great prophet of God, should ascend to heaven like Elijah. The "bald" adjective may be an allusion associated with the lepers who were shaving their heads as a sign of their status ...



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