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Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
King of Aram during the time that Elisha was a prophet. His reign coincided with the kings Joram, Jehu, and Jehoahaz of Israel, and Ahaziah, Athaliah, and Joash of Judah (ca. 842–805 bc).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
HAZAEL (PERSON) [Heb ḥăzā (h)ʾēl (חֲזָהְאֵל)]. Powerful king of Aram-Damascus between ca. 842–800 b.c.e., remembered by the Israelites as one of their most brutal enemies. Hazael is known from biblical and Assyrian sources, from an inscribed ivory fragment found at Arslan Tash (among booty seized
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hazael. King of Syria (843?–796? bc) who came to power by assassinating his ruler Benhadad (2 Kgs 8:7–15) and establishing a new dynasty. An inscription of Shalmaneser speaks of Hazael as a “son of a nobody,” and mentions that he had “seized the throne.” The Hebrew prophet Elijah was told to anoint Hazael
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HAZAEL King of Syria (843?–796? bc) who came to power by assassinating his ruler, Ben-hadad (2 Kgs 8:7–15), and establishing a new dynasty. An inscription of Shalmaneser speaks of Hazael as a “son of a nobody,” and mentions that he had “seized the throne.” The Hebrew prophet Elijah was told to anoint
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hazael (hay´zay-uhl; Heb., “God has seen”), an Aramean king of Damascus during the latter half of the eighth century bce. An officer of King Ben-hadad, he was sent to learn from Elisha whether his master would recover from an illness, at which time the prophet foresaw the troubles Hazael would bring
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
HAZAEL. The ruler of Damascus during the years c. 843–796 b.c.; a contemporary of Joram, Jehu, and Jehoahaz of Israel. He troubled Israel often during their reigns. He is first met in the OT in 1 Kgs 19:15 when Elijah was commissioned to anoint him as one of God’s agents in the destruction of Baal worship
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
HAZAEL (Heb. ḥazā’ēl, ḥazâh’ēl, ‘El sees’ or ‘whom God beholds’). A powerful king of Syria (Aram), God’s scourge to Israel during the reigns of Jehoram, Jehu and Jehoahaz. Elijah was commissioned to anoint him as one of the three ordained to complete the extirpation of Baal-worship that he had
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hazael (Heb. ḥăzāʾēl)King of Aram (ca. 844/842–800 b.c.e.), usurper and founder of a new dynasty. In 2 Kgs. 8:7–15 Hazael, a servant of the ailing Ben-hadad, kills him after Elisha prophesies to Hazael that he will be the next king. In KAH 30 Shalmaneser III calls Hazael “a son of a nobody,” i.e.,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hazael [hāˊzĭ əl] (Heb. ḥazâ˒ēl, ḥazā˒ēl Akk. Haza˒ilu “God sees”). King of Damascus (ca. 843–789 B.C.) A commoner in the service of the royal court, Hazael usurped the throne of Damascus and became a powerful ruler, withstanding Assyrian aggression and antagonizing both Israel and Judah
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HAZAEL The Aramean king of Damascus from around 844 to 804 b.c., or 842 to 800 b.c. A royal official in the Aramean court, Hazael was anointed by the prophet Elijah (1 Kgs 19:15–16), and his reign was predicted by Elisha. Hazael used the prediction to overthrow and kill Ben-hadad, his predecessor, and
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Haz´a-el (whom God sees), a king of Damascus who reigned from about b.c. 886 to b.c. 840. He appears to have been previously a person in a high position at the court of Ben-hadad, and was sent by his master to Elisha to inquire if he would recover from the malady under which he was suffering. Elisha’s