“Jehosheba […] took Jehoash […] and stole him away from among the sons of the king who were to be put to death, keeping him and his nurse in an inner bedroom. They managed to keep him concealed from Athaliah, so he was not put to death.”
~2 Kings 11:2
Who was Athaliah, and why was she trying to put baby Jehoash to death?
I have facilitated my own understanding of this passage by drawing out this simple family tree of royal lines in Judah and Northern Israel at that time.
Athaliah was the daughter of evil Queen Jezabel and apostate King Ahab of Northern Israel.
She married into Judah’s royal line but did not change her family’s ways (1 Ki. 21:25; 2 Ki. 8:16,18).
When her son, King Ahaziah died, she put all her grandchildren to death, taking over the kingdom of Judah (2 Ki. 11:1).
However, she was unable to put one child to death: Jehoash, who was stolen by his aunt Jehosheba.
Jehosheba was a true worshipper of Jehovah God and she did not fear standing up to the evil Queen Athaliah, even at the risk of her own life.
She and her husband, High Priest Jehoiada, hid the baby prince Jehoash for six years (2 Ki. 11:3).
Then the high priest proclaimed him king (2 Ki. 11:12).
Consequently, evil Queen Athaliah was executed (2 Ki. 11:16).
What I find most encouraging about this passage is the valor and selflessness with which Jehosheba protected her nephew, undeterred by half her family’s bloody history or bad example.
She is a model for those women living in difficult family circumstances in which their faith in Jehovah is tested on a daily basis.
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Hello; I will reply publicly as this might benefit other readers as well and I do not wish to engage in private conversations (no offense).
I have found a few articles at the library at http://wol.jw.org/
It has also often been suggested that Bible reading be done under prayer.
If there is a specific verse or passage that stood out to you, you can delve into the information by doing a search on that passage at the Watchtower Online Library site.
The same holds true for persons or places.
I personally find it more beneficial to research while I read, perhaps at the end of paragraphs or chapters, and then re-read those passages I had trouble with once I have a clearer understanding.