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King Jehu of Israel

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King Jehu of Israel: A general of King Joram. While Joram was recuperating from battle wounds, Elisha sent a young prophet to anoint then-general Jehu as king of Israel. Jehu revolted against and killed Joram, and proclaimed himself king. He reigned from 705-678 BCE. He cunningly ordered all worshipers of Baal to take part in a festival, during which he killed them all. Jehu eradicated Baal worship from his domain, but left the golden calves which Jeroboam had erected intact. He was succeeded by his son Jehoahaz.
Jehu's Reign, Jehoahaz, Joash, Elisha's Death
Jehu Anointed, Joram's End, Jezebel's End
For an informed reading of Kings II 11:17–12:17
In which we read how Jehoiada made what is probably the earliest recorded form of a tzedakah box.
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