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King of Israel in the eighth century bc; son of Menahem, the 17th king of Israel (2 Kgs 15:22–26).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
PEKAHIAH (PERSON) [Heb pĕqaḥyâ (פְּקַחְיָה)]. A king of N Israel ca. 737–736 b.c. Pekahiah was the son of Menahem, who had reigned over N Israel for ten years before his son. The name “Pekahiah” in Hebrew means “Yahweh opened [the eyes]” or “Yahweh is open-eyed or alert.” See PEKAH (PERSON). The biblical
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Pekahiah. Son of Menahem, king of Israel. Pekahiah (meaning, “Yahweh has opened [his eyes]”) was among the 20 kings who ruled Israel from Samaria following its decline consequent to the fracture of the Solomonic monarchy in the 10th century bc. The brief account in the Bible concerning him (2 Kgs 15:22–26)
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
PEKAHIAH Son of Menahem, king of Israel. Pekahiah (whose name means “Yahweh has opened [his eyes]”) was among the 20 kings who ruled Israel from Samaria following its decline consequent to the fracture of the Solomonic monarchy in the tenth century bc. The brief account in the Bible concerning him (2
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Pekahiah (pek´uh-hi´uh; Heb., “the Lord opened [the eyes]”), the son of Menahem and king of Israel ca. 737–736 bce, during its last, unstable period prior to the destruction of the capital, Samaria, in 722/1 bce. After a brief reign he was assassinated by one of his officers of the same name, Pekah the
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
PEKAHIAH. He succeeded to the throne of Israel upon the death of his father Menahem in the fifteenth year of Azariah (or Uzziah) in Judea (2 Kgs 15:23–26). Pekahiah’s two-year reign (742–740 b.c.) was characterized by weakness and sin. Since Israel had no settled law of succession, Pekahiah experienced
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
PEKAHIAH (Heb. peqaḥyâ, ‘Yahweh has opened [his eyes]’). Son of *Menahem, king of Israel, whom he succeeded c. 742/1 bc (2 Ki. 15:23–26; *Chronology of the OT). His assassination in the 2nd year of his reign suggests that he continued his father’s policy of submission to Assyria. The revolutionaries,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Pekahiah (Heb. pĕqaḥyâ)King of Israel for two years (ca. 737–735 b.c.e.) following his father Menahem (2 Kgs. 15:23). Pekahiah apparently continued the pro-Assyrian policies of his father, and he was soon overthrown by Pekah (2 Kgs. 15:25), likely as a response to the heavy tribute exacted from Israel
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
PEKAHIAH The king of Israel from around 742 to 740 b.c., and the son and successor of Menahem. His reign proved a brief one (2 Kgs 15:22–26) owing to a conspiracy that culminated in his assassination and the succession of the soldier Pekah, son of Remaliah. Pekahiah continued his father’s vassal relations
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Pekahi´ah (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 the throne.