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Ben-Hadad I (Hebrew: בן הדדbn hdd; Aramaic: בר הדד‎, br hdd) was the king of Aram Damascus between 885 BC and 865 BC. He was the son of Tabrimmon and grandson of Hezion and a contemporary of Kings Baasha and Ahab of the Kingdom of Israel (Samaria) and Asa of the Kingdom of Judah. Asa called on Ben-Hadad I to aid him in attacking northern Israel, while Baasha was restricting access to Jerusalem through border fortifications. The plan worked for Asa as Ben-Hadad took the towns of "Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maachah, and all Chinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali" (1 Kings 15:20). This acquisition gave Aram Damascus control of the trade route to southern Phoenicia. By the reign of Ahab the area was back in Israelite hands.[1] Ben-Hadad I is known only from the Old Testament.[2]

Ben-Hadad I
King of Aram Damascus
Reign885 BC – 865 BC
PredecessorHezion (or Tabrimmon)
SuccessorBen-Hadad II

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  1. ^ Freedman, David Noel (2000). Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-8028-2400-4.
  2. ^ Richard D. Nelson (2014). Historical Roots of the Old Testament (1200–63 BCE). p. 109.

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Preceded by
King of Aram Damascus
885 BC – 865 BC
Succeeded by