Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy
Who was the last Jewish king before the Jewish kingdom split in two?
Saul was the first king.
Â He was followed by Ish-Boshet, his son, who ruled over the northern Tribes.
Â Then came David who eventually ruled over all Israel.
Â He was followed by Solomon who built the Temple.
Â Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, initially ruled over all the Tribes but shortly after his inauguration the northern Tribes rebelled against him.
Â They appointed Jeroboam son of Nebat over them.
Â Technically speaking Rehoboam was therefore the Last King of Judah to rule over all Israel.
Â The Tribes were divided between the Kingdom of Judah in the south and the Kingdom of Israel in the north.
Â The Last King of the northern tribes was named Hoshea son of Elah.
Â The Ten Tribes were exiled by the Assyrians.
Â After the Ten Tribes were exiled King Hezekiah ruled over Judah. He also ruled over the small remnant from the Ten Tribes that had remained and had moved to Judah.
Â Later Josiah son of Amon (son of Manasseh son of Hezekiah) became King of Judah.
Â In his time the Scythians took control of the Middle East (cf. Herodotus, book 4;2).
Â The exiled Israelites (who were part of the Scythian Federation) attempted to re-unite with Judah under the aegis of Josiah.
Â A few Scythian-Israelite colonies in Israel were established.
Â Josiah however was defeated and killed by the Egyptians attempting to restore Assyrian hegemony.
Â The Israelite-Scythians abandoned the land and returned to their places of Exile.
Â Eventually the exiled Ten Tribes lost all consciousness of their ancestry.
Â They migrated in stages to Western Europe.
Â Josiah son of Amon, King of Judah, may therefore in a sense be considered the last king of Israelites from both sections of the nation.