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Ben-Hadad I

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Ben-Hadad I

Ben-Hadad I (Hebrew: בן הדדBen Hadad,; Aramaic: בר חדד‎, Bar-Hadad) was the king of Aram Damascus between 885 BC and 865 BC. He was the son of Tabrimmon and grandson of Hezion and a contemporary of Kings Baasha and Ahab of the Kingdom of Israel (Samaria) and Asa of the Kingdom of Judah. Asa called on Ben-Hadad I to aid him in attacking northern Israel while Baasha was restricting access to Jerusalem through border fortifications. The plan worked for Asa as Ben-Hadad took the towns of "Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maachah, and all Chinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali" ( 1 Kings 15:20). This acquisition gave Aram Damascus control of the trade route to southern Phoenicia. By the reign of Ahab the area was back in Israelite hands.[1]


  1. ^ Freedman, David Noel (2000). Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 165.  
Preceded by
King of Aram Damascus
885 BC – 865 BC
Succeeded by
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