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sō ( סוא , ṣō' , although the Hebrew might be pointed סוא , ṣewe' ; Assyrian Sib'u ; Septuagint Σηγώρ , Sēgṓr , Σωά , Sōá ; Manetho, Σεύεχος , Seúechos ; Latin Sevechus ; Herodotus (ii. 137 ff), Σαβακών , Sabakṓn ): In all probability the "Sabaeo" of Herodotus , the Shabaka, who founded the Ethiopian dynasty, the XXV th of Egyptian kings. His date is given as 715-707 BC (Flinders Petrie, History of Egypt , III, 281 ff), but we may suppose that before his accession to the throne he was entitled to be designated king, as being actually regent. To this So, Hoshea, king of Israel, made an appeal for assistance to enable him to throw off the yoke of the Assyrian Shalmaneser 4 ( 2 Kings 17:3 ff). But Hoshea's submission to So brought him no advantage, for Shalmaneser came up throughout all the land and laid siege to Samaria. Not long after the fall of Samaria, So ventured upon an eastern campaign, and was defeated by Sargon, the successor of Shalmaneser, in the battle of Raphia in 720 BC.


Flinders Petrie, History of Egypt , III, 281 ff; McCurdy, HPM , I, 422; Schrader, COT , I, 261.


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'So'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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