(Hizqiyyahu ben Ahaz)
|King of Judah
|Reign||coregency with Ahaz 729,
sole reign 716–697 BC,
coregency with Manasseh 697–687 BC
|Born||c. 739 BC
|Died||c. 687 BC (aged 51 or 52)
|House||House of David|
|Mother||Abijah (also called Abi)|
Hezekiah (//) was, according to the Hebrew Bible, the son of Ahaz and the 13th king of Judah. Archaeologist Edwin Thiele has concluded that his reign was between c. 715 and 686 BC. He is considered a very righteous king by the author of the Book of Kings. He is also one of the most prominent kings of Judah mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and is one of the kings mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.
According to the Hebrew Bible, Hezekiah witnessed the destruction of the northern Kingdom of Israel by Sargon's Assyrians in c. 720 BC and was king of Judah during the invasion and siege of Jerusalem by Sennacherib in 701 BC. Hezekiah enacted sweeping religious reforms, including a strict mandate for the sole worship of Yahweh and a prohibition on venerating other deities within the Temple in Jerusalem.Isaiah and Micah prophesied during his reign.