Did Jehoiachin Rule For Three Months Or For Three Months And Ten Days (2 Kings 24:8; 2 Chronicles 36:9)?

2 Kings 24:8: "Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother's name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem."

2 Chronicles 36:9: "Jehoiachin was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD."

The historical account of 2 Kings states that Jehoiachin reigned for three months whereas the historical account of 2 Chronicles 36 states that it was three months and ten days. Is there a contradiction here? No.

The Chronicles writer is being more specific by writing it down exactly how long Jehoiachin reigned whereas the Kings' author rounded off the number of how long he reigned.

Just as it is common today in our culture, so it was common during the Old Testament era to round off numbers (compare Genesis 15:13 and Acts 7:6 to Exodus 12:40)



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