648 BC - 609 BC

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Josiah (Hebrew : יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ, Yôšiyyāhû; Modern Hebrew: יאשיהו ; Yoshiyyáhu, Amharic: ኢዮስያስ, whose literal meaning is "healed by Yahweh" or "Jehovah heals" or "sustained of Yah"; in Greek: Ιωσιας; in Latin: Josiah, c. 649-609 BC) was the 16th king of Judah. According to the Hebrew Bible, he instituted major religious reforms by removing official worship of gods other than Yahweh. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josiah has received more than 1,519,043 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Josiah is the 870th most popular politician (down from 861st in 2019), the 57th most popular biography from Israel (down from 55th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Israeli Politician.

Josiah is most famous for reforming the nation of Judah. He instituted a number of religious reforms including the destruction of idolatrous temples, the reformation of the priesthood, and the restoration of biblical law.

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Among politicians, Josiah ranks 870 out of 15,710Before him are Roger II of Sicily, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, Nikephoros I, Charles I of Hungary, Frederick VI of Denmark, and Nadezhda Krupskaya. After him are Emperor Gaozu of Tang, Sergey Kirov, Justin Trudeau, John VIII Palaiologos, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, and Leo VI the Wise.

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Among people born in 648 BC, Josiah ranks 1 Among people deceased in 609 BC, Josiah ranks 1

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Among people born in Israel, Josiah ranks 57 out of 389Before him are Herodias (-100), Amos Oz (1939), Barabbas (1), Jeroboam (-1000), Penitent thief (-18), and Daniel Kahneman (1934). After him are Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem (1160), Rehoboam (-972), Amin al-Husseini (1895), Zedekiah (-617), Edward Said (1935), and Manasseh of Judah (-800).


Among politicians born in Israel, Josiah ranks 13Before him are Mahmoud Abbas (1935), Moshe Dayan (1915), Benjamin Netanyahu (1949), Reuven Rivlin (1939), Hezekiah (-800), and Jeroboam (-1000). After him are Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem (1160), Rehoboam (-972), Amin al-Husseini (1895), Zedekiah (-617), Manasseh of Judah (-800), and Baldwin V of Jerusalem (1177).