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How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem?

Answer1

2 Kings 8:26 (KJV): Two and twenty years old

Answer2

2 Chronicles 22:2 (KJV): Forty and two years old

  • since you're interested in contradictions between chronicles and kings in general, this article might shed some light on this age old problem bible.org/article/reliability-kings-and-chronicles – Bach May 5 at 2:03
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    @Bach, I need the answer to the titled question – Mohamed Salim May 5 at 2:27
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    my question is closed here - All Q&A sites on this particular domain have a strict policy of not allowing more than one (main) question per post. – Lucian May 5 at 17:10
  • Both? Perhaps he reigned twice. – David May 30 at 16:42
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The simple answer to the question is: Ahaziah was 22 years old when he began to reign according to 2 Kings 8:26.

The Hebrew text has been corrupted in 2 Chron 22:2 by recording "42 years old" - this can be deduced from several lines of evidence:

  • The text of 2 Kings 8:26 differs
  • Ahaziah's father was only 40 years old when he died (2 Chron 21:5, 20) making his son's age of 42 at the beginning of his reign impossible
  • As listed in the footnotes of the NIV to 2 Chron 22:2, the Syriac say "22 years old", while the LXX has "20 years old".

Just why the Leningrad Codex (and thus the BHS) is corrupt at this point is unknown, perhaps by a copyist or transcriber. Many modern versions recognise this (eg, NIV, NLT, ESV, NASB, CSB, CEV, ISV, HCSB, etc) and make the obvious correction.

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  • Ok, nice then the Chronicles version should be through out since 2 Chronicles 22:2 claimed the wrong answer ? – Mohamed Salim May 5 at 13:49
  • Does all those contradictions corrupted by by a copyist or transcriber ? – Mohamed Salim May 5 at 13:59
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    No - a very few are corruptions. Some are due to other things such as … let us answer those individually. – Dottard May 5 at 21:01
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    The Word of God is certain and pure. Some copyist have made errors in transmitting the text - that is not a problem for the original text. Not all the 101 errors you point out are due to corruptions - many are due to other features of the text that show that they are not contradictions at all. – Dottard May 5 at 21:13
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    On this site we can only deal with one question at a time. as has already been explained. – Dottard May 5 at 21:20

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