bravery, the third king of the separate kingdom of Israel, and founder of its second dynasty (1 Kings 15; 16; 2 Chr. 16:1-6). He was the son of Ahijah of the tribe of Issachar. The city of Tirzah he made the capital of his kingdom, and there he was buried, after an eventful reign of twenty-four years (1 Kings 15:33). On account of his idolatries his family was exterminated, according to the word of the prophet Jehu (1 Kings 16:3, 4, 10-13).
The old inconclusive feuds between the two kingdoms were continued between Asa and baasha.
baasha "slept with his fathers," and his son Elah succeeded him.
The prophet Jehu rebukes baasha for showing himself false to the destiny to which God had summoned him.
baasha ascended the throne, which Nadab had held for two years only.
Asa utilized the treasure of the Temple and palace to induce the Syrians to break off their relations with baasha.
And there was war between Asa and baasha king of Israel all their days.
He waged war against Israel, and baasha was compelled to abandon the building of the fortifications at Ramah.
And it came to pass, when baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.
During this campaign a soldier by the name of Baesha (baasha) conspired against the king in the camp, and killed him.
It would seem that baasha, in his eagerness to complete the fortifications of Ramah, had left his northern frontier undefended.