King of Judah, 735–715bce. The Assyrians were dominant, and Syria and Ephraim resolved to arrest their eastward expansion and tried to force Judah to join their coalition but Ahaz refused; Rezin of Syria and Pekah of Israel determined to replace Ahaz with Tabeel's son (2 Kgs. 16: 5; Isa. 7: 1–25). Isaiah supported Ahaz, but did not approve of his appeal to Tiglath-Pileser to rescue him from the Syro-Ephraimite conspirators. When Damascus, the capital of Syria, fell, Ahaz hastened to meet Tiglath-Pileser there. While he was in that city, Ahaz was attracted to a heathen altar and had a replica installed in Jerusalem.
Subjects: Biblical Studies.