Friday, April 26, 2013

Battle of Megiddo in 609 BC

There are three most famous battles in the site of Megiddo throughout history. One of them Battle of Megiddo in 609 BC was fought between Egypt and the Kingdom of Judah, in which King Josiah fell.

In 609 BC, King Josiah attempted to block Pharaoh Necho II of Egypt as he marched north to assist Assyria in a fight against Babylon.

Possibly Necho’s northern campaign appeared a threat to Judah. King Josiah attempted to stop the Egyptians. Josiah suffered serious injuries and eventually died.

Before King Josiah untimely death he led the nation to a time do reform, removing the places of idolatrous worship and concentrating worship in Jerusalem, which apparently satisfied the teaching of the Book of Deuteronomy.

After the death of King Josiah, Pharaoh made Jehoahaz succeeded his father and became Judah’s new King. Then they overthrow Jehoahaz, deporting him to Egypt and replacing him with his brother Jehoikim. Jehoikim stayed loyal to Pharaoh for 4 years.
Battle of Megiddo in 609 BC

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