The name used in the Bible for a ruler otherwise known in history as Marduk-apla-iddina II, twice king of Babylonia (721–710 BCE) and leader of the Chaldean tribe Bit-Yakin in southern Babylonia. In (2Kgs 20:12-19 and Isa 39:1-8, (2Chr 32:31), we are told of an embassy sent by Merodach-baladan to King Hezekiah of Judah in order to establish some sort of alliance and coordinate actions against Assyria. Although this text tells of the embassy after recounting events of Sennacherib’s campaign against Hezekiah in 701, the embassy should be dated either to 705, the year when Sennacherib ascended the Assyrian throne, or even more probably to 714–713, at the time of the anti-Assyrian rebellion in Ashdod.
Envoys from Babylon
12At that time King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he had heard that Hez ... View more
Envoys from Babylon Welcomed
1At that time King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that ... View more
31So also in the matter of the envoys of the officials of Babylon, who had been sent to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left h ... View more