King of Moab, renowned as a sheep breeder (2 Kgs. 3: 4), who threw off a long subjection to Israel, about 853 bce, a success which he attributed to his sacrificing his son as a burnt offering (2 Kgs. 3: 27). The Moabite Stone, discovered in 1868 and now in Paris, records Mesha's territorial acquisitions, including the reversal of his subjugation by Israel under Omri, by a successful rebellion, probably upon the death of Ahab.
Subjects: Biblical Studies.