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Encyclopedia > Ahaz
This entry incorporates text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897, with some modernisation.

Ahaz (Hebrew, "possessor") was king of Judah, and the son and successor of Jotham. Albright has dated his reign to 735 - 715 BC, while Thiele offers the dates 732 - 716 BC. His reign is described in 2 Kings 16; Isaiah 7-9; and 2 Chronicles 28.

He is said to have given himself up to a life of wickedness, introducing many pagan and idolatrous customs (Isa. 8:19; 38:8; 2 Kings 23:12). He ignored the remonstrances and warnings of the prophets Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah, and appealed to Tiglath-Pileser III, the king of Assyria, for help against Rezin, king of Damascus, and Pekah, Prince of Israel, who threatened Jerusalem, This brought a great injury of his kingdom, and his own humiliating subjection to the Assyrians (2 Kings 16:7, 9; 15:29).

He died at the age of 35, after reigning 16 years, and was succeeded by his son Hezekiah. Because of his wickedness he was "not brought into the sepulchre of the kings."

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Ahaz (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia) :: Bible Tools (1528 words)
Ahaz was the son of Jotham, king of Judah.
By Divine direction, meeting Ahaz "at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, in the highway of the fuller's field," he bade him have no fear of "these two tails of smoking firebrands," Rezin and Pekah, for, like dying torches, they would speedily be extinguished (Isaiah 7:3 ff.).
The statement in 2 Kings 16:20 that Ahaz "was buried with his fathers in the city of David" is to be understood in the light of 2 Chronicles 28:27, that he was buried in Jerusalem, but that his body was not laid in the sepulchers of the kings of Israel.
AllRefer.com - Ahaz (Biblical Proper Names, Biography) - Encyclopedia (194 words)
Ahaz appealed for help to Tiglathpileser III of Assyria, who defeated Ahaz's enemies but demanded tribute of Judah.
Ahaz is denounced in the Bible for his heathen abominations and his sacrilege with the Temple gold.
In Ahaz's reign Judah lost Elath, its Red Sea port, permanently.
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