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April 14, 2011

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18. Was Ahaz buried with his fathers? 1 Kings 16:20 vs. 2 Chronicles 16:20

There’s no 2 Chronicles 16:20, so I’m assuming they mean 16:14.

1 Kings 16:20
So Ahaz rested with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. Then Hezekiah his son reigned in his place.

2 Chronicles 16:14
They buried him in his own tomb, which he had made for himself in the City of David; and they laid him in the bed which was filled with spices and various ingredients prepared in a mixture of ointments. They made a very great burning for him.

The simple explanation is that the kings were always buried in the City of David, and that’s what 1 Kings is talking about. I’m assuming, again, that this is listed as a “contradiction” because someone is reading “with” to mean, “in the same tomb,” or, “right stinking next to.” So we’ll go there.

The Hebrew word for “tomb” in 2 Chronicles is קָ֫בֶר. (How fancy is that?) It’s transliterated, “qeber,” Strong’s reference number 6913, if you wanna look it up. It means “grave” or “sepulcher,” and is also translated “burial” and “burial place” in other parts of scripture. It doesn’t necessarily mean the entire tomb, every time.

Tombs in ancient Israel were family tombs. They weren’t whole caves for each individual. Where there was a mountainous or rocky area, different caves were hewn out for families. If you were to walk through the area, into one family tomb, you would find yourself in a low, dug-out cave. Individual beds were carved out of the walls around that internal, central area. Bodies were laid on beds, wrapped in linens. After they decomposed a bit, family members would come back and collect the bones and put them in small boxes on those beds.

That’s a very small pic of a tomb layout, but it’s all I can find. Entrance at the bottom, and those four “fingers” are beds for individuals.

Two beds in a family tomb, with bone boxes.

Ahaz was buried in the City of David, just like – or “with” – his fathers. He was probably buried in the family cave/tomb, but, obviously, on his own bed/burial place/grave that he had prepared.

Short answer: Yes.

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