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Tirhakah

TIRHAKAH (tûr'ha-ka, Heb. tirhāqâh). An Egyptian king, the third and last king of the Twenty-fifth, or Ethiopian, Dynasty. He was the son of Piankhi, whose capital was at Napata, just below the Fourth Cataract. This Nubian kingdom was quite Egyptian in character, and late in the eighth century Piankhi conquered all of Egypt. There was much confusion in the Egyptian political situation (Isa.19.1-Isa.19.25), and Isaiah warned about relying on Egypt. Tirhakah was commander of the army of Shabaka, his uncle and first king of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty, and he led the Egyptian armies in their initial conflict with Assyria. Isa.37.9 and 2Kgs.19.9 state that Sennacherib, while besieging Judean cities, heard that Tirhakah was coming against him. Sennacherib was successful against Tirhakah, but the loss of his troops forced him back to Assyria (2Kgs.19.35-2Kgs.19.36; Isa.37.36-Isa.37.37). Tirhakah became king about 689 b.c. and for a number of years was not threatened by the Assyrians, but later