Looking Back for Jehoiachin examines the life and legacy of the last living Davidic king during the Babylonian captivity. It investigates the names Yehoyachin, Yeconiah, and Coniahu in the Hebrew Bible, Yechonias in the Septuagint, Intertestamental literature, and the New Testament. It also surveys those extrabiblical inscriptions that contribute to a thorough account of this king. The ninety- to one-hundred-day "evil" tenure of Jehoiachin and his exile to Babylon should have finalized the evaluation of his reign, but the revision of his legacy into a thoroughgoing hagiography in Josephus, the rabbinic writings, and the New Testament is notable. Jehoiachin's is the linking name between Abraham, David, and Jesus Christ in the genealogy list of Matthew 1. Jehoiachin's captivity provides a fascinating study on the longevity of the promises of the Old Testament for a future, eternal King of Judah and Israel.
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