|King of Aram Damascus (King of Syria)|
|Reign||885 BC – 865 BC|
|Predecessor||Hezion (or Tabrimmon)|
Ben-Hadad I (Hebrew: בן הדד Ben Hadad,[romanization needed]; 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 the Kingdom of Israel (Samaria) and Asa of the Kingdom 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 Aram Damascus control of the trade route to southern Phoenicia. By the reign of Ahab the area was back in Israelite hands. Ben-Hadad I is known only from the Old Testament.
- Freedman, David Noel (2000). Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-8028-2400-4.
- Richard D. Nelson (2014). Historical Roots of the Old Testament (1200–63 BCE). p. 109.
|King of Aram Damascus
885 BC – 865 BC