King Amon (Hebrew: אמון, ʼĀmōn; Greek: Ἀμών, Amōn; "Name means::skilled") (664 BC-r. 642 BC-640 BC according to Ussher and Thiele) was the fourteenth king of the Kingdom of Judah in direct line of descent. He was even more wicked than his father was, but he did not last nearly as long. (2_Kings 21:19-26 , 2_Chronicles 33:21-25 )
Amon was born late in his father Manasseh's reign. His mother's name was Meshullemeth.
When he was sixteen years of age, he married a woman named Jedidah and by her had a most famous son named Josiah.
Brief and Wicked Reign
Amon succeeded to the throne on the death of his father. All the pagan images that his father had put away, Amon put back and worshiped. Several prophets, among them Zephaniah, warned him against this, but he paid no heed to them and did ever greater evils.
Death and Succession
Amon died in a palace coup, the second of two kings of the Kingdom of Judah so to perish (the first was Joash). He was buried in a private grave, next to his father.
The plotters did not survive him long, for the people rounded them up and, presumably after trying and convicting them on the testimony of two witnesses, executed them. They then acclaimed the eight-year-old Josiah to take the kingdom over.
The commentaries on Amon's reign are relatively few. However, some of them engage in speculation that Amon, and his father Manasseh before him, were willing vassals of an Assyrian king (presumably Ashur-bani-pal), and that therein lay the motive for their respective idol worship, Baalism, and persecution of the prophets. The Bible lends no specific credence to this idea. Furthermore, Jesus Christ would later say that prophets are always subject to persecution by their own, on account of the uncomfortable truths that they tell.
- ↑ James Ussher, The Annals of the World, Larry Pierce, ed., Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003 (ISBN 0890513600), pghh. 708, 714, 718-19
- ↑ Jones, Floyd N., The Chronology of the Old Testament, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003, Chart 5.
- ↑ Leon J. Wood, A Survey of Israel's History, rev. ed. David O'Brien, Grand Rapids, MI: Academie Books, 1986 (ISBN 031034770X), p. 310
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 David Holt Boshert, Jr., and David Ettinger, Amon King of Judah, Christ-Centered Mall. Accessed May 25, 2007
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Authors unknown. "Amon." WebBible Encyclopedia. Accessed May 25, 2007.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Authors unknown. "Amon." The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed., 2007. Accessed May 25, 2007.