Joram (Jehoram) Son of Ahab


This was one of the more fun timelines I’ve worked on…

I feel bad for Joram… Unlike most of Israel’s kings, he seemed to at least respect God’s prophet (Elisha)… It is hard to understand how God could allow Ahab to rule so long as evil as he was, but allowed his son was was not as evil (but still bad) to die in the manner he did… I suppose it just goes to show the more you know, the more accountable you are, and that being less evil is still not doing good…

I spent a bit of time trying to figure out the best fit for the 7 years of famine… I’m assuming that the Shunammite woman returned at the end of the 7 years, rather than some other famine she left her home to avoid… A surprising result of this is it puts Elisha’s ministry start ealier than I thought it should be, because of the age her son would have been at the start of the famine… (I’m guessing between 8 and 14, as he could still sit on his mother’s lap, but was grown enough to help his father when he died and was resurrected.) I don’t note the prophet timelines on my charts excepting where they interact directly with the kings because it is so hard to pin down relative dates… (I think alll my timelines are correct relative to one another, but the initial year I started with is just a guess that is consistant with Whitcomb…)

Another thing I didn’t not on the chart as it didn’t relate but I found interesting was it could be Gehazi was one of the lepers who informed Samaria that the Aram army had fled, leaving everything behind… It would then make sense how Gehazi the leper could be talking to the king about Elisha’s ministry…

Anyway, here is the timeline… Comments and corrections welcome…

God Bless,

John