Ahaz, a-KHAZ, אָחָז
Ahaz (Wikipedia)
Not to be confused with Ahab.
King of Judah
Reign 735 - 715 BC
Predecessor Jotham of Judah
Successor Hezekiah
House House of David

Ahaz (Hebrew: אָחָז, ʼĀḥāz; "has held"; Greek: Ἄχαζ Akhaz; Latin: Achaz; an abbreviation of Jehoahaz, "Yahweh has held" (Akkadian: Ia-ú-ḫa-zi)) was king of Judah, and the son and successor of Jotham. Ahaz was 20 when he became king of Judah and reigned for 16 years. Ahaz is portrayed as an evil king in the Book of Kings (2 Kings 16:2)

Edwin R. Thiele concluded that Ahaz was coregent with Jotham from 736/735 BC, and that his sole reign began in 732/731 and ended in 716/715 BC.William F. Albright has dated his reign to 744 – 728 BC.

The Gospel of Matthew lists Ahaz of Judah in the genealogy of Jesus. He is also mentioned in Isaiah 14:28 according to the King James Version.

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