HEZEKIAH (PERSON) [Heb ḥizqı̂yāhû (חִזְקִיָּהוּ); ḥizqı̂yâ (חִזְקִיָּה); yēḥizqı̂yāhû (יֵחִזְקִיָּהוּ); yĕḥizqı̂yâ (יְחִזְקִיָּה)]. The name of three persons in the Hebrew Bible. The root of the name is ḥzq, “to be strong, to strengthen.”1. King of Judah. See HEZEKIAH KING OF JUDAH.2.
Hezekiah King of Judah
HEZEKIAH KING OF JUDAH. Hezekiah was king of Judah ca. 715–687 b.c.e., the son and successor of Ahaz. He came to the throne at the age of 25 and ruled 29 years (2 Kgs 18:2; 2 Chr 29:1). His mother’s name was Abi (perhaps a hypocoristic of “Abijah,” 2 Chr 29:1), daughter of Zechariah. His name is attested