Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.
Open-eyed, the son of Remaliah a captain in the army of Pekahiah, king of Israel, whom he slew, with the aid of a band of Gileadites, and succeeded (B.C. 758) on the throne (2 Ki. 15:25
). Seventeen years after this he entered into an alliance with Rezin, king of Syria, and took part with him in besieging Jerusalem (2 Ki. 15:37, 16:5
). But Tiglath-pilser, who was in alliance with Ahaz, king of Judah, came up against Pekah, and carried away captive many of the inhabitants of his kingdom (2 Ki. 15:29
). This was the beginning of the "Captivity." Soon after this Pekah was put to death by Hoshea, the son of Elah, who usurped the throne (2 Ki. 15:30, 16:1-9
. Comp. Isa. 7:16, 8:4, 9:12
). He is supposed by some to have been the "shephard" mentioned in Zech. 11:16
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