Men’ahem (comforter), son of Gadi, who slew the usurper Shallum, and seized the vacant throne of Israel, b.c. 772. His reign, which lasted ten years, is briefly recorded in 2 Kings 15:14-22. He maintained the calf-worship of Jeroboam. The contemporary prophets Hosea and Amos have left a melancholy picture of the ungodliness, demoralization and feebleness of Israel. Menahem reigned b.c. 771–760.