Bible Names N-Z: Pekahiah
Pekahiah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
the Lord opened his eyes, the son and successor of Menahem on
the throne of Israel. He was murdered in the royal
Samaria by Pekah, one of the captains of his army (2
15:23-26), after a reign of two years (B.C. 761-759).
that which was evil in the sight of the Lord."
Pekahiah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Menahem's son and successor, slain by Pekah. Reigned 759-757
Pekahiah in Hitchcock's Bible Names
it is the Lord that opens
Pekahiah in Naves Topical Bible
-Son of Menahem
-King of Israel
-Plotted against and killed by Pekah
Pekahiah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(whose eyes Jehovah opened), son and successor of Menahem was
the 17th king of the separate kingdom of Israel, B.C. 759-757.
After a brief reign of scarcely two years a conspiracy was
organized against him by Pekah, who murdered him and seized
Pekahiah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
pek-a-hi'-a, pe-ka'-ya (peqachyah, "Yah hath opened" (the
eyes) (2 Ki 15:23-26); Phakesias; Codex Alexandrinus
Son of Menahem, and 17th king of Israel. He is said to have
succeeded his father in the "50th year of Azariah" (or
Uzziah), a synchronism not free from difficulty if his
accession is placed in 750-749 (see MENAHEM; UZZIAH). Most
date lower, after 738, when an Assyrian inscription makes
Menahem pay tribute to Tiglath-pileser (compare 2 Ki 15:19-
2. Regicide in Israel:
Pekahiah came to the throne enveloped in the danger which
always accompanies the successor of an exceptionally strong
ruler, in a country where there is not a settled law of
succession. Within two years of his accession he was
murdered in a foul manner--the 7th king of Israel who had
met his death by violence (the others were Nadab, Elah,
Tibni, Jehoram, Zechariah and Shallum). The chief
conspirator was Pekah, son of Remaliah, one of his captains,
with whom, as agent in the crime, were associated 50
Gileadites. These penetrated into the palace (the Revised
Version (British and American) "castle") of the king's
house, and put Pekahiah to death, his bodyguards, Argob and
Arieh, dying with him. The record, in its close adherence to
fact, gives no reason for the king's removal, but it may
reasonably be surmised that it was connected with a league
which was at this time forming for opposing resistance to
the power of Assyria. This league, Pekahiah, preferring his
father's policy of tributary vassalage, may have refused to
join. If so, the decision cost him his life. The act of
treachery and violence is in accordance with all that Hosea
tells us of the internal condition of Israel at this time:
"They .... devour their judges; all their kings are fallen"
3. Pekahiah's Character:
The narrative of Pekahiah's short reign contains but a brief
notice of his personal character. Like his predecessors,
Pekahiah did not depart from the system of worship
introduced by Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, "who made Israel
to sin." Despite the denunciations of the prophets of the
Northern Kingdom (Am 5:21-27; Hos 8:1-6), the worship of the
calves remained, till the whole was swept away, a few years
later, by the fall of the kingdom.
After Pekahiah's murder, the throne was seized by the
W. Shaw Caldecott
Pekahiah in Wikipedia
Pekahiah ("the Lord opened his eyes"; Latin: Phaceia) was a
king of Israel and the son of Menahem, whom he succeeded, and
the second and last king of Israel from the House of Gadi. He
ruled from the capital of Samaria.
Pekahiah became king in the fiftieth year of the reign of
Azariah, king of Judah. William F. Albright has dated his
reign to 738 BC – 737 BC, while E. R. Thiele offers the dates
742 BC – 740 BC.
Pekahiah continued the practices of Jeroboam, which are called
the sins of Jeroboam.
After a reign of two years, Pekahiah was assassinated in the
citadel of the royal palace at Samaria by Pekah, son of
Remaliah, one of his chief officers, with the help of fifty
men of Gilead. Pekah succeeded Pekahiah as king.
Pekahiah Scripture - 2 Kings 15:22
And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son
reigned in his stead.
Pekahiah Scripture - 2 Kings 15:23
In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son
of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, [and
reigned] two years.
Pekahiah Scripture - 2 Kings 15:26
And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did,
behold, they [are] written in the book of the chronicles of
the kings of Israel.
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