Q&A: Ahaziah 22 or 42?

Ahaziah 22 or 42?

Question

Was Ahaziah 22 or 42 years old when he began to reign in Judah? 2 Kings 8:26 and 2 Chronicles 22:2

Answer

2 Kings 8:26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem one year. His mothers name was Athaliah, a granddaughter of Omri king of Israel.

2 Chronicles 22:2 (KJV) Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.

Forty-two would make Ahaziah older than his father, who died at age forty (2 Kings 21:5, 20). 2 Kings 8:26 reads twenty-two, probably indicating a copyists error in the text of 2 Chronicles.

Reference:

Whitlock, L. G., Sproul, R. C., Waltke, B. K., & Silva, M. Reformation Study Bible. Nashville: T. Nelson, 1995.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).