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Amel-Marduk, also known as Amēl-Marduk, Evil-Merodach, Awil-Marduk or Amil-Marduk was the son of Nebuchadnezzar II and a king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire.
Amel-MardukKing of BabylonReignca. 562 – 560 BCPredecessorNebuchadnezzar IISuccessorNeriglissarBorn?Diedca. 560 BCFatherNebuchadnezzar IIAmel-Marduk (Akkadian: spelled Amēl-Marduk/Amil-Marduk but pronounced Awēl-Marduk/Awîl-Marduk; Biblical Hebrew: אֱוִיל מְרֹדַךְ ʔĕwîl-mĕrodak; English: Evil-Merodach), 'man of Marduk' (died ca. 560 BC) was the son and successor of Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon.Contents [hide]1Biography2See also3Notes4References5External linksBiographyHis name, along with the length of his reign, are recorded in the 'Uruk King List' and the Canon of Ptolemy, however no surviving cuneiform document records anything concerning his life or deeds. Berossus writes that he was murdered in a plot orchestrated by Nergal-sharezer, his successor and brother-in-law. Berossus also notes that "he governed public affairs after an illegal and impure manner," possibly an allusion to actions that infuriated the priestly class, including reforms made to the policies of Nebuchadrezzar.One such reform is recorded in the Hebrew Bible, where Evil-Merodach (Heb.: אֱוִיל מְרֹדַךְ, ˒ĕwı̂l merōdak) is remembered for releasing the Jewish king Jehoiachin from prison after thirty seven years in captivity.Later Jewish and Christian texts expand the Biblical account. Josephus and the Avot of Rabbi Natan state that the king believed that Jehoiachin was held by his father without cause, and thus decided to release him upon the latter's death. Originally, Josephus assigned eighteen years to his reign, but in a later work, Josephus states that Berossus assigned a reign of two years. Seder Olam Rabbah assigned twenty-three years to his reign. Leviticus Rabbah 18:2 states that Evil-Merodach was made king while Nebuchadrezzar was still living, and was punished for this act of rebellion by his father, who had him imprisoned. In Esther Rabbah, Evil-Merodach, owing to his father's actions before his death, is heir to a bankrupt treasury.See alsoBabyloniaKings of BabyloniaNotes^ Jump up to: a b c d e Sack, 1992.Jump up ^ Me'moires de la mission archeologique de Susiane, by V. Scheil, Paris 1913, vol XIVJump up ^ Josephus, Apion 1.20Jump up ^ Hirsch 1901-1906Jump up ^ Oded 2007Jump up ^ 2 Kings 25:27, Jeremiah 52:31Jump up ^ Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus, Book X, chapter 11 pg. 216Jump up ^ Against Apion by Flavius Josephus, Book 1, paragraph 20Jump up ^ Transactions of the Chronological Institute of London, T. Richards 1861, volume II, part 2, page 120-121ReferencesHirsch, E.G. et al. Evil-Merodach in Singer, Isidore; Adler, Cyrus; (eds.) et al. (1901–1906) The Jewish Encyclopedia. Funk and Wagnalls, New York. LCCN 16-014703Oded, B. Evil-Merodach in Skolnik, F., & Berenbaum, M. (2007). Encyclopaedia Judaica, vol. 6, Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA in association with the Keter Pub. House.Sack, R.H. Evil-Merodach in Freedman, et al. (1992). Anchor Bible Dictionary, vol. 2, New York: Doubleday.External linksEvil-Merodach - The Jewish EncyclopediaThe Uruk King List - Livius.orgPreceded byNebuchadnezzarKing of Babylon562–560 BCSucceeded byNeriglissar