II Kings 24:8
II Chronicles 36:9
Jehoiachin became a co-regent with his father at only eight years old and assumed full responsibility at eighteen when his father died. His father may have made him a co-regent to ensure Jehoiachin succeeded as king instead of his (possibly) older brother, Zedekiah. 1
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- Some believe Zedekiah may have been born illegitimately. I Chronicles 3:15-16 refers to Zedekiah as the son of Josiah and then also as the son of Jehoiakim. This could imply that Zedekiah was the biological son of Jehoiakim and Hamutal, a wife of Josiah, making Zedekah also the son of Josiah in a sense. This could explain the motivation for making Jehoiachin a co-regent at only eight years old. See http://www.contradictingbiblecontradictions.com/?p=2572. ↩