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Benhadad, Ben-Hadad

BENHADAD, BEN-HADAD bĕn hā’ dăd (בֶּנ־֠הֲדַד; LXX, υἱὸ̀ς ̔Αδέρ, son of Hadad). The name of three kings of Syria. According to 2 Kings 5:18 Hadad seems to be identical with the god, Rimmon, of Assyria. A. Ben-hadad I. He was the son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus (1 Kings 15:18). The kings of Syria had built up a tradition of hostility toward Israel, but Ben-hadad formed a league (perhaps little more than a friendship pact) with Baasha, king of Israel (909-886 b.c.) who had set out to build a fortification against Judah at Ramah. Asa, king of Judah (910-869 b.c.), in a move against Baasha, sent all the silver and gold in the treasury of the temple to Ben-hadad to form a league with him and to break his league with Baasha (15:18, 19). Ben-hadad, seemingly in need of wealth and the enlargement of his kingdom, quickly took advantage of the opportunity and accepted Asa’s proposal. The Syrian king sent his commanders against Israel and took from Baash