Harsh criticism of Pekah's rebellion in the book of hosea

Nadav Na'aman*

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The article argues that Pekah's rebellion took place in cooperation with Rezin, King of Aram, and that their agreement was sealed by a treaty sworn by oath at an Israelite temple in the Gilead. Rezin sent a band of fifty Gileadites to help Pekah assassinate Pekahiah and usurp the throne. The usurpation was the first step in the formation of an anti-Assyrian coalition, which Tiglath-pileser HI defeated in about 733 bce. The prophecy in Hos 6,7-10a severely criticizes the treaty, and in particular the Gileadite priests who administered its realization and the murder of the legitimate King of Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalBiblische Notizen
Issue number188
StatePublished - 2021


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