Dominic Rudman, «A Note on the Personal Name Amon (2 Kings 21,19-26 || 2 Chr 33,21-25)», Vol. 81 (2000) 403-405
Manassehs son Amon (Heb. Nwm)) has what appears to be an Egyptian name. This article argues that Manasseh, who fought alongside Ashurbanipal on his first campaign in Egypt in 667 BCE, named the son born to him during Ashurbanipals second campaign in 663 BCE as a flattering commemoration of his overlords capture of the rebel capital Thebes (Heb. Nwm) )n) in that year.
The reign of Amon (2 Kgs 21,19-26 || 2 Chr 33,21-25) has attracted a significant degree of interest from biblical historians over the years, mainly because of its laconic description of the young kings assassination which leaves us completely in the dark as to the precise circumstances of this event and the situation that provoked it1. Amon is also remarkable in that he appears to have an Egyptian name2. We are not, however, offered any biographical information about him other than that he was 22 years old when he ascended the throne and that his mother, Meshullemeth, came from Jotbah (probably at-Taba, 30 km north of Aqaba)3. Amons succession is usually dated to 642/641 BCE: Assuming the chronology and the given age of Amon as 22 years to be correct, this would mean that he was born in 664/663 BCE4.
Amons father Manasseh, in contrast to Hezekiah, is generally reckoned to have been a loyal Assyrian vassal5. Indeed, Manasseh probably had very