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The 12th king of Judah. Placed his trust in Assyria when faced with military threat. His actions led to divine judgment upon Judah.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
AHAZ (PERSON) [Heb ʾāḥāz (אָחָז)]. The name is a hypocoristicon: a shortened form of names such as Ahaziah and Jehoahaz, “the LORD holds.” These names probably reflect confidence in God’s imminent presence, as in Ps 73:23, “I am always with you, you hold (ʾāḥaztā) my right hand” (IPN, 179).1.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ahaz. 1. King of Judah (735–715 bc) who was especially remembered for his apostasy. The name Ahaz (kjv Achaz, Mt 1:9) is a shortened form of Ahaziah or Jehoahaz, with an element expressing God’s name (-iah, Jeho-) omitted. The three main accounts of Ahaz (2 Kgs 16; 2 Chr 28; Is 7) treat him as one of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
AHAZ1. King of Judah (735–715 bc) who was especially remembered for his apostasy. The name Ahaz (Mt 1:9) is a shortened form of Ahaziah or Jehoahaz. The three main accounts of Ahaz (2 Kgs 16; 2 Chr 28; Is 7) treat him as one of the most evil rulers of the southern kingdom of Judah. Consequently, his
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ahaz (ay´haz; Heb., “he [perhaps God] has grasped”), the son of Jotham and the father of Hezekiah. Ahaz was the eleventh king of Judah, reigning ca. 735–715 bce. Only twenty years old at his succession, Ahaz is said to have already committed abominable Canaanite practices, including sacrificing his son
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
AHAZ. The twelfth ruler of Judah, son of Jotham. He was 20 years of age when he ascended the throne, and he reigned for 16 years (732–716 b.c.; see 2 Kgs 16:2; 2 Chr 28:1). Ahaz was given to idolatry, following the practices of the northern kingdom. He even went so far as to sacrifice a son to pagan
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ahaz [āˊhăz] (Heb. ˒āḥāz “he has grasped”; probably a shortened form of Jehoahaz; cf. Akk. Yauhazi “Yahweh has grasped”).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
A´haz (possessor), eleventh king of Judah, son of Jotham, reigned 741–726, about sixteen years. At the time of his accession, Rezin king of Damascus and Pekah king of Israel had recently formed a league against Judah, and they proceeded to lay siege to Jerusalem. Upon this Isaiah hastened to give advice