How Old Was Jehoiachin When He Began to Reign?

Supposed contradiction and verses:

How old was Jehoiachin when he began to reign 8 or 18?

8 years old:

2nd Chronicles 36:9

Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.Israel.

18 years old:

2nd Kings 24:8

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem

Answer:

At the age of eight, Jehoiachin was exalted by his father to reign along side him for the remaining years of his life (10 years), and upon the death of his father (2nd Kings 24:5), at the age of eighteen, Jehoiachin began to reign alone (the three months that are mentioned as his reign). It appears that he 'apprenticed' under his father, learning his father's evil ways, and then repeating them (2nd Chronicles 36:9; 2nd Kings 24:9; 23:37).

There is no contradiction.

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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