Asa of Judah - Third king of Judah; the history of his reign is told in 1 Kgs. 15–16 and 2 Chr. 14–16. We are told his “heart was perfect all his days.” He raised the army to a state of efficiency, threw off the Egyptian yoke, and rebuilt the fortresses destroyed by Sheshonk. After this time there was no invasion from Egypt for more than 250 years. He made an alliance with Benhadad of Syria for the purpose of checking Baasha, king of Israel. By the advice of Azariah the prophet, he removed the high places, the Asherim, and sun-images; deposed the queen-mother Maachah and destroyed the idol she had made; and at a national assembly invited the people to make a covenant to seek Jehovah.

The Hebrew Bible gives the period of his reign as 41 years. His reign is dated between 913-910 BC to 873-869 BC. He was succeeded by Jehoshaphat, his son (by Azubah). According to Thiele's chronology,[1] when Asa became very ill, he made Jehoshaphat coregent. Asa died two years into the coregency.

Marriage and Family


Offspring of Asa of Judah and Azubah
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jehoshaphat of Judah 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan


Offspring of Abijah of Judah and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Asa of Judah (-870 BC) 9999 Land of Canaan 870 Land of Canaan Azubah

Regnal titles
Preceded by
6th King of Judah
910 – 869 BC
Succeeded by


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