conforting, the son of Gadi, and successor of Shallum, king of Israel, whom he slew. After a reign of about ten years (B.C. 771-760) he died, leaving the throne to his son Pekahiah. His reign was one of cruelty and oppression (2 Kings 15:14-22). During his reign, Pul (q.v.), king of Assyria, came with a powerful force against Israel, but was induced to retire by a gift from Menahem of 1,000 talents of silver.
Puffed up by their victory261 over Agrippa's troops, menahem and his satellites broke out into acts of shameful cruelty.
menahem has no illusions as to the outcome; he knows that he will be conquered by the Romans.
menahem still had his cavalry, his war materials, and the fortresses on which he thought he could place dependence.
menahem and Hoshea bought the confirmation of their usurped authority from Assyria.
And after this manner it was that this menahem 22 continued to reign with cruelty and barbarity for ten years.
The payment of the money was imposed by menahem on all the men of substance in Israel; fifty shekels of silver on every man.
menahem was where he wished to be, but Cordosa hated the house of Ben Abir.
menahem, therefore, sought to purchase the help of Tiglath Pilesar by offering tribute soon after the fall of Arpad.
menahem, d. 761: under his reign the first expedition of the Assyrians, headed by Pul, whom he buys off by tribute.
In 738, therefore, menahem was still on the throne; and his death cannot have taken place before this year.