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great-great-grandfather of This individual might be the 13th Judean king.



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Head of a branch of the family of   whose descendants return to   with This might be the same   who is a signatory to a pledge - an affirmed by the leaders of the community in the time of   ( : ). Those who sign the declaration promise to observe the commandments of the Torah, to refrain from intermarrying, to avoid commerce on Shabbat, and to make regular donations to the Temple.



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A descendant of the nineteenth king of .



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Thirteenth king of   who succeeds his father. A righteous king who follows the ways of his ancestor   halts idolatrous practices in the land of   is credited with being completely loyal to God. He tirelessly cleanses the Temple and invites the citizens of Israel to come to   for the   holiday ( - ).   is threatened by 's  king, and agrees to pay a huge tribute to the invader, which includes the gold from the doors of the   attacks anyway and captures all of 's  fortified towns, occupying The Assyrian king sends an army led by   to   to call for the capital's surrender.   sends three of his officers to hear 's  speech and the three return, dismayed, in torn clothes.   sends these same three to   the prophet who tells them not to be afraid: God will chase the enemy back to his homeland where he will be defeated. Upon receiving another message of doom from   enters the spreads 's  letters on the floor, and prays to God for salvation. Again,   receives confirmation from   that all will be well. Indeed, that night God strikes the army of killing 185,000 soldiers.   flees back to   where he is assassinated by two of his sons.   falls ill and receives   who tells him that he will die of his illness.   prays to God asking Him to recall his righteousness. God tells   to inform the king that his prayers have been heard: not only will he recover, he will live for another fifteen years. A song describing the king's fear of his imminent death, and joy at recovery is recorded in a king of sends a present to the ill   who gives the messengers a tour of the royal treasures. God objects to the fraternization between the two nations and tells   via   that in the future   will plunder 's  wealth.   is also noted for the water tunnel that he digs to bring water into besieged   (mentioned in :   and : ).   rules for 29 years and his son   reigns after his death. According to the Gemara,   leads a group of writers in composing the book of   and   ( ..  A different tradition credits   with these last three works.).


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