Thiele dates Uzziah's being struck with leprosy to 751/750 BC, at which time his son Jotham took over the government, with Uzziah living on until 740/739 BC. His reign was "the most prosperous excepting that of Jehoshaphat since the time of Solomon." In the earlier part of his reign, under the influence of a prophet named Zechariah, he was faithful to God, and "did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord" (2 Kings 15:3; 2 Chronicles 26:4-5) In Jerusalem he made machines designed by skillful men for use on the towers and on the corner defenses to shoot arrows and hurl large stones. 26, Uzziah conquered the Philistines and the Arabians, and received tribute from the Ammonites.
He refortified the country, reorganized and reequipped the army, and personally engaged in agricultural pursuits.
They are inconsistent with the tradition, found in Josephus and the Talmud but not in the Bible, that the earthquake occurred when Uzziah entered the Temple to offer incense, accepting that the beginning of the Uzziah/Jotham coregency began sometime in the six-month period after Nisan 1 of 750 BC (see the Jotham article).
Not to be opened." It is open to debate whether this tablet really was part of the tomb of King Uzziah or simply a later creation.
It may be that there was a later reburial of Uzziah here during the Second Temple Period.
In two unprovenanced iconic stone seals from 18, the first is inscribed l’byw ‘bd / ‘zyw, “belonging to ’Abiyah, minister of ‘Uziyah” and the second (rev.) lšbnyw ‘ / bd ‘zyw, “belonging to Shubnayah, minister of ‘Uziyah.” A major earthquake is referred to in the book of the prophet Amos.
Amos dated his prophecy to "two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel" (Amos 1:1, NIV).
The reference to Jeroboam II is helpful in restricting the date of Amos' vision, more so than the reference to Uzziah's long reign of 52 years.
According to Thiele's widely accepted chronology, Jeroboam II began a coregency with his father in 793/792, became sole regent in 782/781, and died in late summer or the fall of 753 BC.He entered the temple of Jehovah to burn incense on the altar of incense.Azariah the High Priest saw this as an attempt to usurp the prerogatives of the priests and confronted him with a band of eighty priests, saying, "It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to Jehovah.This severe geologic disaster has been linked historically to a speech delivered at the city of Bethel by a shepherd-farmer named Amos of Tekoa." An exact date for this earthquake would be of considerable interest to archaeologists and historians, because it would allow a synchronization of the earthquake at all the sites affected by it in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.Currently, the stratigraphic evidence at Gezer dates the earthquake at 760 BC, plus or minus 25 years, Amos says that the earthquake was in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and Jeroboam (II), son of Jehoash king of Israel.He was a vigorous and able ruler, and "his name spread abroad, even to the entering in of Egypt".