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(Heb. הוֹשֵׁעַ/Hōšēǎ' – “[the God PN] has saved [the child]”), was the last king of Israel (Kingship in Israel), who, after murdering his predecessor Pekah, reigned for nine years (2 Kgs 15:30; 17:1–6; 18:1, 9f.). A contemporary of Jotham (2 Kgs 15:30; but 16:30!), Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah, and also of the Assyrian Tiglath-Pileser III (Israel and Mesopotamia), who initiated Hoshea's (Ass. mA-ú-si-ʾi) pro-Assyrian coup and received tribute from him in 731 bce in southern Babylonia. Still loyal at the beginning of the reign of the successor of Tiglat…

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Timm, Stefan, “Hoshea”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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