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Elah (Hebrew: אלה, ʼĒlāh; "Name means::an oak") (r. 930-929 BC by James Ussher,[1][2] or 886-885 BC by Thiele[3]) was the fourth king of the Kingdom of Israel.[4] He reigned for two years. His reign was remarkable only for how it ended.


son of::Baasha

His father was Baasha, and his death fulfilled a baleful prophecy given Baasha toward the end of his reign.

Death and Succession

Died: Died:: 1 Tammuz 3075 AM
Preceded by
Successor of::Baasha
King of Ruler of::Kingdom of Israel
Accession::Tammuz 3074 AMDied::1 Tammuz 3075 AM
Succeeded by
Succeeded by::Zimri

His general, Zimri, surprised him while he was intoxicating himself in the home of his steward, Arza. Zimri killed him, took his throne, and killed all his relatives and associates. The Bible provides insufficient information to date this event precisely. Elah used non-accession reckoning to date his reign.

See Also


  1. James Ussher, The Annals of the World, Larry Pierce, ed., Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003 (ISBN 0890513600), pgh. 501
  2. Jones, Floyd N., The Chronology of the New Testament, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003, Chart 5.
  3. Leon J. Wood, A Survey of Israel's History, rev. ed. David O'Brien, Grand Rapids, MI: Academie Books, 1986 (ISBN 031034770X), p. 261
  4. I_Kings 16:8-11