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The Fourth Age

Sophal, of Abel-meholah, to be prophet in his own the fourth stead. Capetiis Sylvius, ninth king of the Latins, son of Capys the former king, reigned 13 years. After him his son Tiberinus Sylvius reigned 8 years. The river Tyber nameFrom him the river Tyber received its name, which before was Albula. After him his son Agrippa Sylvius reigned 40 years. Jehoshaphat did that which was right in the sight of the Lord.

A.M. 3064 [4400].

Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, reigned 8 years. Elijah carried to heaven Elijah is carried to heaven in a chariot of fire, [A.M. 3108. B.C. 896.] and Elisha left as his successor in the prophetic office, who, for his first miracle, heals the waters of Jericho. In the days of Jehoram, Edom revolted against Judah, and made itself a king. But Jehoram walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, whose daughter he had married.

A.M. 3065 [4401].

Ahaziah, son of Jehoram, reigned 1 year. Jonadab, the son of Rechab, is an illustrious man of this period. Ahaziah, with his son Joash, and grandson Amaziah, for their enormous wickedness, and because there was nothing good in either of them, the Evangelist Matthew excludes from the genealogy of our Lord and Saviour.

A.M. 8071 [4408].

Athaliah, mother of Ahaziah, reigned 5 years. [A.M. 3120. B.C. 884.] When she saw that her son Ahaziah was slain by Jehu, king of Israel, she slew all the seed royal of the house of Jehoram, except only Joash, a son of Azariah, who was saved from the midst of the king's sons by Josabeth, sister of Ahaziah, and wife of Jehoiada, the High Priest. The Septuagint states that Athaliah reigned 7 years.

A.M. 3111 [4448].

Joash, son of Ahaziah, reigned 40 years. His begin-