# Do 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles contradict each other on Jehoiachin's age when taking the throne and duration of reign?

In Kings II 24:8 it is said that Jehoiachin was 18 when he ascended the throne and he reigned for 3 months. But in Chronicles II 36:9 it is said that he reigned for 3 months and 10 days. Also in the King James version it is said that Jehoiachin was 8 when he ascended the throne, not 18.

Aren't the two verses contradicting each other?

• 3 months vs. 3 months and 10 days is no contradiction. If I asked you how old you were, you probably wouldn't say "25 years, 147 days, 9 hours, and 53 minutes." The question regarding the age of Jehoiachin when beginning his reign is interesting, however. I suspect that Jehoiachin became king and ruled jointly with his father (in more of a de jure way) when he was 8, but that he began to rule by himself and in a de facto way when he was 18. Let's see what the answers say. Jun 22 '18 at 19:43
• Confirmed that the Hebrew for the Kings passage has 18 and for the Chronicles passage 8. One is tempted to see the missing 10 (which in "eighteen" is a separate word in Hebrew — "eight ten") reappearing as the unexpected number of days... Jun 22 '18 at 21:46
• What form of mathematics is involved? Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Differential Equations, I don't think so. Jun 23 '18 at 6:54
• This link is to two very competent explanations of the apparent disparity ---> LINK. I don't feel the need to answer the question myself, but someone else might use the link to formulate a brief synopsis as an answer. Question up-voted as it is a valid point that requires an explanation (+1). Jun 23 '18 at 15:38
• To explain my previous comment mathematical was replaced by numerical. Jun 24 '18 at 20:17