Jehoahaz of Israel

Jehoahaz of Israel was king of Israel and the son of Jehu ("2 Kings" 10:35). William F. Albright has dated his reign to 815 BC-801 BC, while E. R. Thiele offers the dates 814 BC-798 BC. A stamp seal dated to the end of the 7th century BC has been found with the inscription " [belonging] to Jehoahaz, son of the king".

He reigned seventeen years. His account in "2 Kings" states that he was initially faithful to Yahweh, but his people followed the religious practices of the house of Jeroboam, which included the worship of a cultic pole of Asherah in Samaria. The kings of the Arameans, Hazael and Ben-hadad, prevailed over him, leaving him an army of 50 horsemen, 10 chariots and 10,000 foot soldiers ("2 Kings" 13:1-9).


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