Ahaz or Achaz -(Possessor.) King of Judah (2 Kgs. 16; 2 Chr. 28); makes an alliance with Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, in order to repel an attack from Syria and Israel; copies heathen altar (2 Kgs. 16:10); Isaiah’s message to (Isa. 7); dial of Ahaz (2 Kgs. 20:11; 23:12).

Ahaz (Hebrew: אָחָז, ʼAḥaz, "has held"; Greek: Ἄχαζ, Ἀχάζ Akhaz; Latin: Achaz;[1] an abbreviation of Jehoahaz, "Yahweh has held" (Hebrew: יְהוֹאָחָז‬, Modern Yəhō’aḥaz, Tiberian Yehō’aḥaz; Akkadian: 𒅀𒌑𒄩𒍣 Ia-ú-ḫa-zi)[2] was king of Judah, and the son and successor of Jotham. Ahaz was 20 when he became king of Judah and reigned for 16 years.

Ahaz is portrayed as an evil king in the Second Book of Kings (2 Kings 16:2).

Edwin R. Thiele concluded that Ahaz was co-regent with Jotham from 736/735 BC, and that his sole reign began in 732/731 and ended in 716/715 BC.[3] William F. Albright has dated his reign to 744 – 728 BC.

The Gospel of Matthew lists Ahaz of Judah in the genealogy of Jesus. He is also mentioned in Isaiah 14:28 according to the King James Version.

Marriage and Family


Offspring of Achaz or Ahaz and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hezekiah of Judah 9999 Israel (Land of Canaan) 686 Land of Canaan Hephzi-bah


Offspring of Jotham of Judah and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Achaz of Judah 9999 Israel (Land of Canaan) 715 Land of Canaan

Regnal titles
Preceded by
11th King of Judah
Coregent: 735 – 731 BC
Sole reign: 731 – 729 BC
Coregent: 729 – 715 BC
Succeeded by


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