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Jechoniah in Wikipedia (Hebrew: יְכָנְיָה‎ [jəχonjoː], meaning "God will fortify (his people)"; Greek: Ιεχονιας; Latin: Joachin), also known as Coniah and as Jehoiachin (Hebrew: יְהֹויָכִין‎ [jəhoːjɔːxiːn]; Greek: Ιεχονιας; Latin: Joachin), was a king of Judah. According to 2 Kings 24:8 , he became king upon the death of his father, Jehoiakim, at the age of eighteen and reigned for only three months and ten days.[1] However, most Hebrew versions, some Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac versions of 2 Chronicles 36:9 give the age when he became king as eight, compared with other versions which give it as eighteen (e.g., 2 Chronicles 36:9 ). The Vulgate has the discrepancy, which the Challenor note in the Douay-Rheims Bible reconciles the discrepancy: "He was associated by his father to the kingdom, when he was but eight years old; but after his father's death, when he reigned alone, he was eighteen years old."[2] Edwin Thiele dates Jeconiah's short reign to 598/597 BC.[3] He was deposed by the Babylonians at the end of the first siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II in 597 BC, after which Jeconiah, his household, and many of the elite and craftsmen of Judah were exiled to Babylon. Babylonian records, called Jehoiachin's Rations Tablets, written in Cuneiform and dating to 592 BC mention him and his five sons as recipients of food ration in Babylon,[4] though it would have been difficult for him to have had five sons in the time frame attributed to him. Jeconiah was a contemporary of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel...

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