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Jehosheba or Jehoshabeath; Hebrew: יְהוֹשֶׁ֫בַע Yəhōšeḇa‘, "Yahweh is an oath") was the wife of the priest Jehoiada, brother of Ahaziah and daughter of Jehoram[1][2].


Early Life[]

Jehosheba was born unto Jehoram, along with Ahaziah. Her mother was likely a concubine, possibly a wife though clearly not favoured since she bore him a daughter. Athaliah, her evil stepmother lmay have influenced all Judah; but not her family side.

As her brother began to reign, she saw his corruption to all of the land, as the sins were from the dictate by Athaliah. She was engaged to a priest requested to Jehoram, named Jehoiada.

The Heroine of Judah[]

When Ahaziah died, Athaliah became queen. So she executed all of the male heirs of Judah[3]. She snuck Joash her nephew out of the palace and was hidden in the Temple and raised up by Jehosheba for 6 years[4]. Like the boy Samuel, Joash grew up in the temple. Like Samuel, he probably found little ways to help the priests, whatever could be done without attracting too much attention.

Then Jehoiada set up a plan; who went succesfully leading the appointing of Joash and the execution of Athaliah[5]. Joash likely treated Jehosheba as a mother rather than Zibiah his legitimate mother. After this point nothing else is documented about her life nor death.

Figure of Bravery[]

She was 20 about this time and proved to be heroine to all of Judah, standing up as a figure of bravery and a sign that God can send a Jehosheba like figure to destroy evilness.


She likely died about the time of Joash's descendabts, outliving him. Though it is undocumented. And is omitted from the text. Her legact remains until the time of the writing of the Chronicles about late 800 B.C


  1. 2 Kings 11:2 (Link)
  2. 2 Chronicles 22:11 (Link)
  3. 2 Kings 11:1 (Link)
  4. 2 Kings 11:2-3 (Link)
  5. 2 Kings 11:4-14 (Link)