Melachim- kings identified by their mother’s name

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Post Mon, Jun 13 2022, 7:33 pm
I’m learning Melachim Bet for the first time as part of the 2-year nach yomi cycle. I noticed that a lot of the kings are identified as Melech so-and-so, and his mother was X.

Does anyone have any idea why? It feels unusual to me… I feel like lineage is usually listed by father to son and I was curious.
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Post Tue, Jun 28 2022, 5:10 am
Usually the father was a rusha
Can you give an example?
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Post Tue, Jun 28 2022, 5:14 am
It also sometimes indicates something about the King's character. For example, the Pasuk tells us twice that Rechavam was the son of Naama....and the reason is given that he took after her by doing Aveiros, instead of taking after Shlomo Hamelech.

(this is in Melachim Aleph)
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Post Tue, Jun 28 2022, 5:47 am
Often kings had many wives, so when identifying which one of his sons became king it tells us which wife he was from
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Ema of 4


Post Tue, Jun 28 2022, 5:48 am
Sometimes it is an identifier, as the previous poster said. Sometimes it is to praise the mother, and sometimes it is to (what’s the opposite of praise?)
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