King of Israel 737–732 bce after murdering Pekahiah; he was himself murdered by Hoshea. During his reign he allied himself with Syria in war against Assyria and endeavoured to coerce Judah into the conspiracy. Instead Ahaz of Judah, contrary to the advice of Isaiah (Isa. 7: 4), sought the help of Assyria, which obliged by promptly invading Israel.
Subjects: Biblical Studies.