Ben-Hadad I (Hebrew בן הדד BeN HaDaD, Aramaic: בר חדד, Bar-Hadad) was the king of Aram Damascus between 885 BC and 865 BC. He was the son of Tabrimmon and grandson of Hezion and a contemporary of Kings Baasha and Ahab of Israel and Asa of Judah. Asa called on Ben-Hadad I to aid him in attacking northern Israel while Baasha was restricting access to Jerusalem through border fortifications. The plan worked for Asa as Ben-Hadad took the towns of "Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maachah, and all Chinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali" (1 Kings 15:20). This acquisition gave Damascus control of the trade route to southern Phoenicia. By the reign of Ahab the area was back in Israelite hands.
|King of Aram Damascus
885 BC – 865 BC