A king of Israel in the third quarter of the eighth century BCE. Menahem, son of Gadi, was a usurper from the former capital, Tirzah (2Kgs 15:14). He assassinated Shallum, who had slain his own predecessor one month earlier, and ruled in Samaria for ten years. Menahem paid tribute to King Tiglath-pileser III during his first western campaign (see 2Kgs 15:19-20), where Tiglath-pileser is called by his Babylonian throne name, “Pul”). Menahem raised “a thousand talents of silver” by imposing a levy on the wealthy citizens of Israel. His purpose was to win the favor of Tiglath-pileser, “that he might help him to confirm his hold on the royal power.” Menahem died soon afterward, and his son, Pekahiah, fell victim to a conspiracy within two years (2Kgs 15:25).
14Then Menahem son of Gadi came up from Tirzah and came to Samaria; he struck down Shallum son of Jabesh in Samaria and killed him; he reigned in place of him.
19King Pul of Assyria came against the land; Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, so that he might help him confirm his hold on the royal power.20Mena ... View more
25Pekah son of Remaliah, his captain, conspired against him with fifty of the Gileadites, and attacked him in Samaria, in the citadel of the palace along with A ... View more