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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 ...


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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