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Shallum (Hebrew שלום בן יבש, retribution) (r. 772 BC according to Ussher,[1] or 752 BC according to Thiele[2]) was the fifteenth king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.[3] He held that position for one month only. The only king that had a shorter reign was Zimri.


Shallum, the son of Jabesh, conspired against his king, Zachariah, and killed him in front of the people.[4] Zachariah had been on the throne for six months; Shallum would hold that throne for an even shorter time.[3]


A general named Menahem marched to Samaria from Tirzah and killed Shallum, along with many other people.[3][4] This happened in the thirty-ninth year of the reign of Uzziah of the Southern Kingdom,[3] as Ussher[1] attests and which Thiele[2] does not dispute.


  1. 1.0 1.1 James Ussher, The Annals of the World, Larry Pierce, ed., Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003 (ISBN 0890513600), pghh. 568-570
  2. 2.0 2.1 Leon J. Wood, A Survey of Israel's History, rev. ed. David O'Brien, Grand Rapids, MI: Academie Books, 1986 (ISBN 031034770X), p. 278
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 II_Kings 15:13-15
  4. 4.0 4.1 Authors unknown. "Entry for Shallum." WebBible Encyclopedia. Retrieved June 7, 2007.

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