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Baasha (Bible)

For the Ammonite king, see Baasha ben Ruhubi. For the film, see Baasha (film).

Baasha (1 Kings 15:16-16:7.

Baasha became king of Israel in the third year of 1 Kings 15:28-29)

Over the course of his 23-year reign, Baasha was at war with Asa, king of Judah. He allied Israel with Aram and endeavored to strangle Judah's trade by fortifying Ramah, a city five miles north of Jerusalem. King Asa of Judah then bribed King Ben-hadad of Syria to switch sides and attack Israel, prompting the loss of extensive territory in Dan and Naphtali northwest of the Sea of Galilee. Baasha was forced to withdraw from Ramah.

Though Baasha remained in power for life, he was not without his opponents. The prophet Jehu, the son of Hanani, foretold the destruction of his dynasty, which came to pass with the assassination of Baasha's son Elah.

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Baasha of Israel
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Nadab
King of Israel
909 BC – 886 BC
Succeeded by
Elah

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