1. The original name of the son of Nun, afterwards called Joshua
(Numbers 13:8,16; Deuteronomy 32:44)
(1 Chronicles 27:20) The ruler of Ephraim in David's time.
3. The last king of Israel. He conspired against and slew his
(Isaiah 7:16) but did not ascend the throne till
after an interregnum of warfare of eight years
(2 Kings 17:1,2) Soon
after this he submitted to Shalmaneser, the Assyrian king, who a
second time invaded the land to punish Hoshea, because of his
withholding tribute which he had promised to pay. A second
revolt brought back the Assyrian king Sargon, who besieged
Samaria, and carried the ten tribes away beyond the Euphrates,
(2 Kings 17:5,6; 18:9-12) No more is heard of Hoshea. He
disappeared like "foam upon the water"
(Hosea 10:7; 13:11)