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(bĕnhā`dăd), in the Bible, kings of Damascus.

1 The son of Tabrimon, ally of AsaAsa
, in the Bible, king of Judah, son and successor of Abijah. He was a good king, zealous in his extirpation of idols. When Baasha of Israel took Ramah (a few miles N of Jerusalem), Asa bought the help of Benhadad of Damascus and recaptured Ramah. His son Jehoshaphat succeeded him.
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 of Judah against Baasha of Israel.

2 Probably the son and successor of (1,) leader of the coalition that withstood Shalmaneser III of Assyria at Karkar on the Orontes; he continued the traditional enmity of his kingdom with Israel and defeated AhabAhab
, d. c.853 B.C., king of Israel (c.874–c.853 B.C.), son and successor of Omri (1.) Ahab was one of the greatest kings of the northern kingdom. He consolidated the good foreign relations his father had fostered, and Israel was at peace during much of his reign.
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 and Jehoshaphat. He was murdered and succeeded by Hazael.

3 Son of Hazael and contemporary of Jehoash of Israel, who defeated him in war. He also was Assyria's vassal.

References in classic literature ?
The plain of Esdraelon--"the battle-field of the nations"--only sets one to dreaming of Joshua, and Benhadad, and Saul, and Gideon; Tamerlane, Tancred, Coeur de Lion, and Saladin; the warrior Kings of Persia, Egypt's heroes, and Napoleon--for they all fought here.
In today's first reading from 2 Kings, we are told of the healing of Naaman, a Syrian commander in the army of his king, Benhadad II.
D'apres Abdelhakim Benhadad, chef de service gestion au niveau de la DGF d'Alger, [beaucoup moins que]le proprietaire est en possession d'une attestation d'attribution emanant de la commune[beaucoup plus grand que].