Holman Bible Dictionary
(pee' kuh) A personal name meaning, “open-eyed.” Officer in Israel's army who became king in a bloody coup by murdering King Pekahiah (2 Kings 15:25
). His reign of twenty years (2 Kings 15:27
) probably is the total time he held military control in Gilead and Samaria. Pekah appeared to be the leader in Gilead during Menahem's reign but surrendered control there when Tiglath-pileser III of Assyria confirmed Menahem's rule. Pekah then was given a high office in the army, and the coup followed shortly after Pekahiah succeeded Menahem. Pekah reigned in Samaria 752-732 B.C. and was in turn assassinated by Hoshea (2 Kings 15:30
). See Menahem
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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Pekah'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/p/pekah.html. 1991.