Ben-hadad

Ben-hadad [N]

the standing title of the Syrian kings, meaning "the son of Hadad." (See HADADEZER .)

  • The king of Syria whom Asa, king of Judah, employed to invade Israel ( 1 Kings 15:18 ).

  • Son of the preceding, also king of Syria. He was long engaged in war against Israel. He was murdered probably by Hazael, by whom he was succeeded ( 2 Kings 8:7-15 ), after a reign of some thirty years.

  • King of Damascus, and successor of his father Hazael on the throne of Syria ( 2 Kings 13:3 2 Kings 13:4 ). His misfortunes in war are noticed by ( Amos 1:4 ).

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Ben-hadad". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Ben-hadad [H]

    (son of Hadad ), the name of three kings of Damascus. BENHADAD I., King of Damascus, which in his time was supreme in Syria. He made an alliance with Asa, and conquered a great part of the north of Israel. ( 1 Kings 15:18 ) His date is B.C. 950. BEN-HADAD II., son of the preceding, and also king of Damascus. Long wars with Israel characterized his reign. Some time after the death of Ahab, Benhadad renewed the war with Israel, attacked Samaria a second time, and pressed the siege so closely that there was a terrible famine in the city. But the Syrians broke up in the night in consequence of a sudden panic. Soon after Ben-hadad fell sick, and sent Hazael to consult Elisha as to the issue of his malady. On the day after Hazaels return Ben-hadad was murdered, probably by some of his own servants. ( 2 Kings 8:7-15 ) Ben-hadads death was about B.C. 890, and he must have reigned some 30 years. BEN-HADAD III., son of Hazael, and his successor on the throne of Syria. When he succeeded to the throne, Jehoash recovered the cities which Jehoahaz had lost to the Syrians, and beat him in Aphek. ( 2 Kings 13:17 2 Kings 13:25 ) The date of Ben-hadad III is B.C. 840.


    [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

    Bibliography Information

    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Benhadad'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.