Gedaliah (Ged´uh-li´uh)

Tthe son of Ahikam son of Shaphan; he was appointed by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar as governor of Judah after its capture in 586 BCE (2Kgs 25:22). Gedaliah was a member of a prominent Jerusalem family; his father and grandfather had served in Josiah’s court (2Kgs 22:3; 2Kgs 22:14). Though viewed with suspicion by his contemporaries as being a Babylonian collaborator, Gedaliah succeeded in restoring order to the countryside with the support of former army officers and the prophet Jeremiah. But his tenure at Mizpah, the provincial capital, was cut short by a conspiracy led by Ishmael, son of Nataniah, of the royal line. Despite prior warnings, Gedaliah and his entourage were slaughtered; the conspirators escaped across the Jordan to Ammon (Jer 40-41). A national day of fasting and mourning was inaugurated among the exiles to mark his murder (Zech 7:5).

2Kgs 25:22

Gedaliah Made Governor of Judah
22He appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan as governor over the people who remained in the land of Judah, whom King Ne ... View more

2Kgs 22:3

Hilkiah Finds the Book of the Law
3In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of ... View more

2Kgs 22:14

14So the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the prophetess Huldah the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardr ... View more

Jer 40-41

Jeremiah with Gedaliah the Governor
1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord after Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he ... View more

Zech 7:5

5Say to all the people of the land and the priests: When you fasted and lamented in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me t ... View more

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