Three years reigned he in Jerusalem
And three only; his reign was short, and indeed not three full years, only one whole year and part of two others; for Asa his son began to reign in the twentieth of Jeroboam, ( 1 Kings 15:9 ) so that he reigned part of his eighteenth, this whole nineteenth, and part of his twentieth:
and his mother's name was Maachah the daughter of Abishalom;
called Absalom, ( 2 Chronicles 11:20 2 Chronicles 11:21 ) , generally supposed by the Jews to be Absalom the son of David, and which may seem not improbable, since his other two wives were of his father's family, ( 2 Chronicles 11:18 ) . Josephus says F17 she was the daughter of Tamar the daughter of Absalom, and so his granddaughter; and which may account for her being called Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah, ( 2 Chronicles 13:2 ) since the difference between Maachah and Michaiah is not very great; and Uriel might he the name of Tamar's husband; though it is most likely that both father and daughter had two names; she seems to be mentioned here, to observe that she was the cause and means of her son's disagreeable walk, as follows, see ( 1 Kings 15:13 ) .
F17 Antiqu. l. 8. c. 10. sect. 1.