Pekahiah

Pekahiah (Pek´uh-hi´uh; Heb., “Yah[weh] opened [the eyes],” i.e., looked protectingly upon the child)

The son of Menaham and king of Israel, the Northern Kingdom, ca. 738–737 BCE in its last, unstable period prior to the destruction of the capital, Samaria, in 722 BCE. After a brief reign he was assassinated by one of his officers, Pekah ben Remaliah, who then took the throne (2Kgs 15:23-26). Pekahiah and his father were pro-Assyrian. With his death an anti-Assyrian policy was implemented, leading to war with Judah.

2Kgs 15:23-26

Pekahiah Reigns over Israel
23In the fiftieth year of King Azariah of Judah, Pekahiah son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria; he reigned two years ... View more

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