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King Rehoboam: Historical Figure

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In my previous post, I began the study of Proverbs 1:7-19, and a study of how poor choices and lack of wisdom and character destroyed Rehoboam’s kingdom.


(For any Game of Thrones fans, these stories of the Israelite kings are as intriguing as any Game of Thrones plot, probably even more so. I’m probably going to explore that in later posts.)


If there was a soundtrack playing behind these events, it might be this song:

“Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum

Historical proof of King Rehoboam can be found in the records of Shisak of Egypt:

In the 5th year of Rehoboam’s reign Shishaq, king of Egypt, brought a huge army and took many cities. According to Joshua, son of Nadav, the mention in 2 Chron. 11, 6 sqq., that Rehoboam built fifteen fortified cities, indicates that the attack was not unexpected.[4] The account in Chronicles states that Shishaq marched with 1,200 chariots, 60,000 horsemen and troops who came with him from Egypt: Libyans, Sukkites, and Kushites.[7] Shishaq’s armies captured all of the fortified towns leading to Jerusalem between Gezer and Gibeon. When they laid siege to Jerusalem, Rehoboam gave Shishaq all of the treasures out of the temple as a tribute. The Egyptian campaign cut off trade with south Arabia via Elath and the Negev that had been established during Solomon’s reign.[8] Judah became a vassal state of Egypt.

An account of this invasion from the Egyptian perspective can be found in the Shishaq Relief at the Bubastis Portal near the Temple of Amun at Karnak. (Wikipedia–“Rehoboam”)

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