Ben-Hadad I

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Ben-Hadad I
King of Aram Damascus
Reign885 BC – 865 BC
PredecessorHezion (or Tabrimmon)
SuccessorBen-Hadad II

Ben-Hadad I (Hebrew: בן הדדbn hdd; Aramaic: בר הדד‎, br hdd), son of Tabrimmon and grandson of Hezion, was king of Aram-Damascus between 885 BC and 865 BC. A figure known only from the Old Testament,[1] Ben-Hadad I was reportedly a contemporary of kings Baasha and Ahab of the Kingdom of Israel and Asa of the Kingdom of Judah.

According to the biblical book of Kings, Asa called on Ben-Hadad I to aid him in attacking northern Israel while Baasha restricted access to Jerusalem through border fortifications. 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 Aram-Damascus control of the trade route to southern Phoenicia. By the time of the reign of Ahab, the area was back in Israelite hands.[2]

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  1. ^ Richard D. Nelson (2014). Historical Roots of the Old Testament (1200–63 BCE). p. 109. ISBN 9781628370065.
  2. ^ Freedman, David Noel (2000). Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-8028-2400-4. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Preceded by
King of Aram Damascus
885 BC – 865 BC
Succeeded by