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Rehoboam

REHOBOAM (rē'hō-bō'ăm, Heb. rehav‘ām). A son of Solomon, and his successor on the throne of Israel. His mother was Naamah, an Ammonitess (1Kgs.14.21). He was born about 975 b.c. and was forty-one when he began to reign. He chose Shechem as the site of his inauguration. Solomon’s wild extravagances and his vain ambition to make Israel the world power of his day led him to set up a tremendously expensive capital and a very elaborate harem. The importation of so many pagan women for his harem resulted in a spiritual debacle in Israel. The luxuries of his palace and the expenses of his diplomatic corps and of his vast building program resulted in burdensome taxation. The northern tribes turned for leadership to Jeroboam, to whom God had revealed that he was to rule ten of the tribes (1Kgs.11.26-1Kgs.11.40). When the coronation had been set, Jeroboam was called home from Egypt, and through him an appeal was made to Rehoboam for easier taxes. The latter, however, heeding the advice of young