2 Kings Quiz

Not So Easy

BACKGROUND NOTE: The names of the kings of Judah and Israel are sometimes confusing. Consider the name Jehoram. There is a Jehoram in Israel and a Jehoram in Judah. To add to the confusion, Jehoram of Israel is sometimes called Joram. Jehoram of Judah is also sometimes called Joram. To make matters even more complicated, their reigns overlapped! In the following quizzes, the name JORAM will refer to the king of Israel and the name JEHORAM will refer to the king of Judah, regardless of which name is used in the biblical account.

  1. Name the king of Judah who had the longest reign. How long was it?

  2. Describe fully the details surrounding Naaman's cure from leprosy.

  3. Who was the king who besieged Samaria and brought about the fall of the kingdom of Israel?

  4. Name the last king of Israel.

  5. The background note at the beginning of this quiz mentioned the overlap of the reigns of Joram in Israel and Jehoram in Judah and the fact that these names are really variants of the same name, making the record in 2 Kings difficult to follow at times. Here is one of those complicated events. Athaliah was the daughter of Jezebel and Ahab, king of Israel. After Ahab was killed, his son, Joram, ascended the throne in Israel, and during his fifth year, Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, became king in Judah. Jehoram married Athaliah and gave himself over to Baal worship (8:16-18). While Joram was still on the throne in Israel, Ahaziah, son of Jehoram and Athaliah, assumed the throne in Judah after only an eight-year reign of Jehoram. This changed Athaliah's status from queen to queen-mother. Ahaziah maintained close ties with Joram in Israel, but after only a one-year reign was himself killed along with Joram by Jehu. Back in Judah, when Athaliah learned of her son Ahaziah's death, she set out to destroy all the royal heirs so that she could be ruler in Judah. However, Jehosheba, a daughter of Jehoram but not of Athaliah, took the infant son of her half-brother, Ahaziah, and hid him from Athaliah. How long did she keep him hidden?

  6. Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent a great army against Jerusalem. How did Yahweh deliver Hezekiah from this threat?

  7. King Josiah died in battle at Megiddo. Name the Pharaoh who killed him.

  8. Who was the king who besieged Jerusalem and brought about the fall of the kingdom of Judah?

  9. As Elisha neared Bethel, he encountered a large group of youths who maliciously mocked him. After he pronounced a curse on them, what happened?

  10. Ahab had died. His son Ahaziah died childless after reigning only two years. Ahab's other son Joram becomes king. The king of Moab decides that now would be a good time to rebel against Israel, and so he withholds his annual tribute. Joram sends words to Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, and asks if he will come to aid him in his battle against Moab. They go by way of the Wilderness of Edom, and the king of Edom joins with them. For seven days they and the army march on a roundabout route without finding water, and Joram soon despairs that Yahweh has called the three of them together to deliver them into the hand of Moab. Jehoshaphat learns that Elisha is in the vicinity, and the three kings go to see him. Elisha tells them that Yahweh will not only provide water but will also deliver the Moabites into their hands. Describe how this is accomplished.

  11. How did it happen that Gehazi, Elisha's servant, was stricken with leprosy?

  12. The kingdoms of Israel and Judah were allied when the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, Athaliah, was given in marriage to Jehoshaphat's son, Jehoram. Now Ahab's son Joram is reigning in Israel and the son of Athaliah and Jehoram, Ahaziah, is reigning in Judah. (Ahab is the father of both Joram and Athaliah, thus Athaliah's son, Ahaziah, is Joram's nephew.) Ahaziah joins his uncle when he goes to war against Syria. However, Joram is wounded and returns to Jezreel to recover. Ahaziah goes to Jezreel to visit his uncle. Around the same time, Elisha sends one of the 'sons of the prophets' to anoint Jehu king of Israel with the order that he is to strike down the house of Ahab. This is to avenge the prophets of Yahweh who were killed by Jezebel. Briefly describe the events which transpire.

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