- Name - Hezekiah (Hebrew Hizqīyāh; Greek Ezekias)
- Born - 715 BC
- Death - 687 BC
- Father - Ahaz
- 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).
- 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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