noun \ˌhe-zə-ˈkī-ə\

Definition of HEZEKIAH

:  a king of Judah under whom the kingdom underwent a ruinous Assyrian invasion at the end of the eighth century b.c.

Origin of HEZEKIAH

Hebrew Ḥizqīyāh
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(flourished late 8th and early 7th centuries BC) King of Judah at Jerusalem. The dates of his reign are uncertain but are often given as 715–686 BC. He was a reformer who tried to discourage foreign cults and assert the religious traditions of Israel during a time of Assyrian supremacy. The rebellion that broke out in Palestine c. 703 BC was probably led by Hezekiah. Though he fortified Jerusalem, other cities of Judah fell, and the revolt was put down in 701 BC. The Assyrians demanded a heavy tribute of gold, but tradition holds that a plague devastated the Assyrian army and Jerusalem was spared.


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