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Hezekiah (King of Judah)

Hezekiah Demographics:
  • Name - Hezekiah (Hebrew Hizqīyāh; Greek Ezekias)
  • Born - 715 BC
  • Death - 687 BC
  • Father - Ahaz
Basic Facts:
  • Son & successor to Ahaz.
  • Hezekiah was a great religious reformer.
  • He was probably influenced significantly by the prophet Isaiah, who also lived during Hezekiah's reign.
  • Hezekiah developed a potentially fatal boil (~ 690 BC) which scholars suggest was most likely bubonic plague.
  • The king made a miraculous recovery from this, though Isaiah first predicted that he would die for his sin (destroying the highplaces) before later promising recovery (see image).
Assyrian Invasion of Judah:
  • Occurred in 701 BC.
  • Was the most important event of Hezekiah's reign.
  • Four years before the invasion, when Sennacherib acceded to the Assyrian throne, Hezekiah joined an Egyptian coalition which was formed to defy the power of Assyria.
  • This coalition was defeated in 701 BC by Sennacherib.
  • Sennacherib, after reestablishing Assyrian authority, forced Hezekiah to pay a heavy tribute (see biblical passage 2 Kings 18:13-16).
  • The Assyrians made a further expedition against Judah about 690 BC but they were routed by a disasterous 'visitation of an angel' that destroyed 185,000 men (see Old Testament, 2 Kings 19:35).
  • Modern opinion is that this disaster was most likely bubonic plague.

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