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Dictionaries :: Baasha

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Baasha:

bravery, the third king of the separate kingdom of Israel, and founder of its second dynasty (1Ki 15; 16; 2Ch 16:1-6). He was the son of Ahijah of the tribe of Issachar. The city of Tirzah he made the capital of his kingdom, and there he was buried, after an eventful reign of twenty-four years (1Ki 15:33). On account of his idolatries his family was exterminated, according to the word of the prophet Jehu (1Ki 16:3,4,10-13).

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

Baasha:

he that seeks, or lays waste

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Baasha:

ba'-a-sha ba‘sha',(" boldness"): King of Israel. Baasha, son of Ahijah, and of common birth (1Ki 16:2), usurped the throne of Nadab, the son of Jeroboam, killed Nadab and exterminated the house of Jeroboam. He carried on a long warfare with Asa, the king of Judah (compare Jer 41:9), began to build Ramah, but was prevented from completing this work by Ben- hadad, the king of Syria. He is told by the prophet Jehu that because of his sinful reign the fate of his house would be like that of Jeroboam. Baasha reigned 24 years. His son Elah who succeeded him and all the members of his family were murdered by the usurper Zimri (1Ki 15:16 ff; 16:1 ff; 2Ch 16:1 ff). The fate of his house is referred to in 1Ki 21:22; 2Ki 9:9. Compare ASA; ELAH; ZIMRI.

Written by Arthur L. Breslich

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Baasha:

(wicked) B.C. 953‐931, third sovereign of the separate kingdom of Israel, and the founder of its second dynasty. He was son of Ahijah of the tribe of Issachar and conspired against King Nadab (1 Kings 15:27) and killed him with his whole family. He appears to have been of humble origin (1 Kings 16:2). It was probably in the 13th year of his reign that he made war on Asa, and began to fortify Ramah. He was defeated by the unexpected alliance of Asa with Ben‐hadad I. of Damascus. Baasha died in the 24th year of his reign, and was buried in Tirzah (Solomon 6:4) which he had made his capital (1 Kings 16:6; 2 Chronicles 16:1-6).

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