Who Was Jotham in the Old Testament?

Recently, I found that someone asked this question. The question is a good question, but it was the answer given to the question that made me think. When Answers.com was asked this question, “Who was Jotham in the Old Testament,” the answer Answers.com gave was: David’s son.

Now, let us see what the Bible says. There are three Jothams mentioned in the Bible:

1. Jotham was the second of the six sons of Jahdai, a Judahite from the family of Caleb, the Hezronite (l Chronicles 2:47).

2. Jotham was the youngest of Gideon’s seventy sons and the only one who escaped the massacre of Gideon’s sons by Abimelech (Judges 9:5).

3.. Jotham was the eleventh king of Judah and the son of King Uzziah (2 Kings 15:30).

This Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was a descendant of David, but not a son of David. David did not have a son named Jotham. So, the answer provided by Answers.com is wrong.

Moral: be careful with what you read in the Internet.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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4 Responses to Who Was Jotham in the Old Testament?

  1. But this blog is on the internet!! What to do!?On a serious note, I really appreciate the blog Claude. Thank you so very much for all that you share.

  2. Lewis,

    Thank you very much for the good words about my blog.Even though my blog is on the Internet, people still have to be careful about what they read on the Internet. People have to learn whom they trust. Otherwise, you will discover that there are much misinformation that is disseminated through the Internet.Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Claude Mariottini

  3. Absolutely. Although, there are plenty of things in print which have erroneous information too. Far, far less of course – but it's still out there isn't it.I suppose that is the problem with community-based websites like Answers.com and even more-so, Wikipedia.

  4. Lewis,

    I agree with you. The problem is that many people do not know how to recognize erroneous information when they see it.

    Claude Mariottini

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