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Pekah in Wikipedia
Pekah ("open-eyed"; Latin: Phacee) was king of Israel. He
was a captain in the army of king Pekahiah of Israel, whom
he killed to become king. Pekah was the son of Remaliah
Pekah became king in the fifty-second and last year of
Azariah, king of Judah, and he reigned twenty years. In
the second year of his reign Jotham became king of Judah,
and reigned for sixteen years. Jotham was succeeded by
his son, Ahaz in the seventeenth year of Pekah's reign.
William F. Albright has dated his reign to 737 – 732 BC,
while E. R. Thiele, following H. J. Cook. Carl
Lederer, held that Pekah set up in Gilead a rival reign
to Menahem's Samaria-based kingdom in Nisan of 752 BC,
becoming sole ruler on his assassination of Menahem's son
Pekahiah in 740/739 BC and dying in 732/731 BC. This
explanation is consistent with evidence of the Assyrian
chronicles, which agree with Menahem being king in 743 BC or
742 BC and Hoshea being king from 732 BC.
When Pekah allied with Rezin, king of Aram to attack Ahaz,
the king of Judah, Ahaz appealed to Tiglath-Pileser III, the
king of Assyria, for help. This the Assyrian king obliged,
but Judah became a tributory of the Assyrian king....