About Pekahiah ben Manahem, King of Israel
Pekahiah ("the Lord opened his eyes"; Latin: Phaceia) was a king of Israel and the son of Menahem, whom he succeeded, and the second and last king of Israel from the House of Gadi. He ruled from the capital of Samaria.
Pekahiah became king in the fiftieth year of the reign of Azariah, king of Judah. William F. Albright has dated his reign to 738 BC – 737 BC, while E. R. Thiele offers the dates 742 BC – 740 BC. Gideon Galil suggests 738-736 BCE.
Pekahiah continued the practices of Jeroboam, which are called the sins of Jeroboam.
After a reign of two years, Pekahiah was assassinated in the citadel of the royal palace at Samaria by Pekah, son of Remaliah, one of his chief officers, with the help of fifty men of Gilead. Pekah succeeded Pekahiah as king.