Ahijah and Jeroboam

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

The prophet Ahijah, a man from Shiloh, played an important role in the history of Israel. He appears only twice in the Old Testament and both times he speaks to Jeroboam, once to announce that he would become king of the northern tribes and the other to announce that his son would die.

In the present post I will briefly discuss Ahijah’s role in the division of the kingdom after Solomon’s death and the selection of Jeroboam to become the king of the Northern Kingdom. In a future post I will discuss the death of Jeroboam’s son, a touching story, a story filled with a woman’s pain and agony.

The division of the united monarchy occurred because of Solomon’s rejection of God and his promotion of pagan practices in Jerusalem. The book of Kings presents a very negative view of Solomon’s religious practices:

“For when Solomon was old, his wives…

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