Ahab, akh-AV, אַחְאָב
Ahab (Wikipedia)
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King Ahab
King of Israel
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Reign c. 871 – c. 852 BC
Predecessor Omri
Successor Ahaziah of Israel
Died c. 852 BC
Ramoth-Gilead, Syria
Burial Samaria, Kingdom of Israel
Consort Jezebel of Sidon
Issue Ahaziah of Israel
Jehoram of Israel
Dynasty Omrides
Father Omri
Religion Baalism

Ahab (Hebrew: אַחְאָב, Modern Aẖ'av, Tiberian ʼAḥʼāḇ; "Brother of the father"; Akkadian: Aḫabbu; Greek: Αχααβ; Latin: Achab) was the seventh king of Israel since Jeroboam I, the son and successor of Omri, and the husband of Jezebel of Sidon, according to the Hebrew Scriptures. Ahab is considered a wicked king in the Hebrew Bible. He is criticised for going after his wife Jezebel, killing Naboth and leading the nation of Israel into idolatry.

The existence of Ahab is historically supported outside of the Bible. Shalmaneser III documented 853 BC that he defeated an alliance of a dozen kings in the Battle of Qarqar; one of these was Ahab.

Ahab became king of Israel in the thirty-eighth year of Asa, king of Judah, and reigned for twenty-two years, according to 1 Kings.

William F. Albright dated his reign to 869–850 BC, while E. R. Thiele offered the dates 874–853 BC. Most recently, Michael D. Coogan has dated Ahab's reign to 871–852 BC.

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