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Jojakim (also Jehojakim , first name Eljakim (( 2 Kings 23,34  HFA )), Hebrew יְהֹויָקִים) was one of the last kings of the Kingdom of Judah before the Babylonian exile .

Jojakim (* 634; † 598 BC) ruled in the years 609-598 BC. He was a son of Joschiah , but first Jehoiakim's younger brother Jehoahaz ruled , if only for three months, since Jehoahaz was then deposed by the Egyptian king Necho II , who installed the 25-year-old Jehoiakim as the new king. After Necho was defeated by the Babylonians in the battle of Carchemish , Egypt initially had no more opportunity to influence Judah's internal affairs. Instead, the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar conquered the land and led Jehoiakim in chains to Babylonia ( 2 Chr 36,6  HFA ), but then allowed him to rule as vassal king of Babylon. Three years later, however , Jehoiakim refused the Babylonians the due tribute, and Nebuchadnezzar sent an army into the country to devastate it. Shortly before the ensuing siege of Jerusalem , Jehoiakim died. He was succeeded by his son Jojachin .

In the prophet Jeremiah Joakim is described as despotic ruler, who among other things the prophet Uriah put to death ( Jer 26.20 to 24  HFA ), as he conceived his announcement, his kingdom will go down as treason.

In 1949 a moshav was founded south of the Carmel in the Menasche regional district and named "Eljakim" after the first name of the king.

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predecessor Office successor
Jehoahaz King of Judah
609-598 BC Chr.