In the Bible
Hazael is first mentioned by name in 1 Kings 19:15
. God tells Elijah
of God to anoint Hazael king over Syria. Years after this, the Syrian king Ben-Hadad II, probably identical to Hadadezer
mentioned in the Tell Dan Stele, was ill and sent his court official Hazael with gifts to Elijah's successor, Elisha
. Elisha told Hazael to tell Hadadezer that he would recover, and he revealed to Hazael that the king would recover but would die of other means. He also predicted that Hazael would commit atrocities against the Israelites. Hazael denies that he is capable of perpetrating such deeds. The next day, he returned to Damascus
, suffocated Hadadezer and seized power himself.
Tel Dan Stele
A monumental Aramaic inscription
discovered at Tel Dan
is seen by most scholars as having been erected by Hazael, after he defeated the Kings of Israel and Judah.
Recent excavations at Tell es-Safi
have revealed dramatic evidence of the siege and subsequent conquest of Gath by Hazael. The destruction of the settlement at Tell Zeitah
during the ninth century may also be the result of Hazael's campaign. King Joash of Judah
forestalled Hazael's invasion by bribing him with treasure from the royal palace and temple.
Items belonging to Hazael
Decorated bronze plaques from chariot horse-harness taken from Hazael, identified by their inscriptions, have been found as re-gifted votive objects
at two Greek sites, the Heraion of Samos
and in the temple of Apollo at Eretria
. The inscriptions read "that which Hadad
gave to our lord Hazael from 'Umq in the year that our lord crossed the River".
The river must be the Orontes
. The triangular front pieces show a "Master of the animals
gripping inverted sphinxes or lions in either hand, and with goddesses who stand on the heads of lions. When Tiglath-Pileser III
took Damascus in 733/2, these heirlooms were part of the loot that fell eventually into Greek, probably Euboean
- ^ I Kings 19:15
- ^ Hastings, James; Driver, Samuel Rolles (1899). A Dictionary of the Bible: Dealing with its Language, Literature, and Contents, including the Biblical Theology. 3. T. & T. Clark. p. 832.
- ^ Arnold, Bill T.; Williamson, Hugh Godfrey Maturin (2006). Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books (Illustrated ed.). InterVarsity Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-8308-1782-5.
- ^ a b David Noel Freedman; Allen C. Myers (31 December 2000). Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Amsterdam University Press. p. 84. ISBN 978-90-5356-503-2.
- ^ Sigurður Hafþórsson (2006). A Passing Power: An Examination of the Sources for the History of Aram-Damascus in the Second Half of the Ninth Century B.C. Almqvist & Wiksell International. p. 61. ISBN 978-91-22-02143-8.
- ^ D. Matthew Stith (2008). The Coups of Hazael and Jehu: Building an Historical Narrative. Gorgias Press. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-59333-833-6.
- ^ Hadi Ghantous (14 October 2014). The Elisha-Hazael Paradigm and the Kingdom of Israel: The Politics of God in Ancient Syria-Palestine. Routledge. p. 71. ISBN 978-1-317-54435-7.
- ^ http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-bible/the-tel-dan-inscription-the-first-historical-evidence-of-the-king-david-bible-story/
- ^ I. Eph'al and J. Naveh, "Hazael's booty inscriptions", Israel Exploration Journal 39 (1989:192-200).
- ^ Compare the Aegean "Mistress of the Animals"
- ^ Robin Lane Fox, Travelling Heroes in the Epic Age of Homer, 2008:109-11.
- Biran, A., and Naveh, J. 1995. The Tel Dan Inscription: A New Fragment. Israel Exploration Journal 45(1):1–18.
- Ephal, I., and Naveh, J. 1989. Hazael's booty inscriptions. Israel Exploration Journal 39(3–4):192–200.
- Lemaire, A. 1991. Hazaël, de Damas, Roi d’Aram. Pp. 91–108 in Marchands, Diplomates et Empereurs, Etudes sur la civilisation mésopotamienne offertes à P. Garelli. Paris: Editions Recherche sur la Civilisations.
- Maeir, A. 2004. The Historical Background and Dating of Amos VI 2: An Archaeological Perspective from Tell es-Safi/Gath. Vetus Testamentum 54(3):319–34.
- Galil, G., "David and Hazael: War, Peace, Stones and Memory," Palestine Exploration Quarterly, 139,2 (2007), 79–84.
- Maeir, A. M., and Gur-Arieh, S. 2011. Comparative aspects of the Aramean Siege System at Tell es-Sa¦fi/Gath. Pp. 227–44 in The Fire Signals of Lachish: Studies in the Archaeology and History of Israel in the Late Bronze Age, Iron Age and Persian Period in Honor of David Ussishkin, eds. I. Finkelstein and N. Na’aman. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.
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