Ahijah was a prophet from Shiloh. He also is known as Ahijah the Shilonite. He was of the tribe of Levi. He is best known for his prophecy about Israel's division into two kingdoms, as described in 1 Kings 11:29-39.
Ahijah lived about 2,900 years ago, during the time of King Solomon. Solomon, like his father, King David, ruled over a united kingdom of Israel. But upon the death of Solomon, Israel split up into two kingdoms. The 10 northern tribes became the northern kingdom of Israel. And the two remaining tribes to the south, became known as the kingdom of Judah, which included the city of Jerusalem.
Ahijah's prophecy in 1 Kings 11:29-39 involves the symbolism of him tearing up his own garment into 12 pieces and handing 10 of the pieces to Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who rebelled against King Solomon. Jeroboam would become the first king of the northern kingdom of Israel.
Rehoboam, a son of King Solomon and Naamah the Ammonitess, became the first king of the southern kingdom of Judah.
More of Ahijah's prophecies are recorded in 1 Kings 14:1-18, when he prophesied against Jeroboam and the kingdom of Israel.
The name Ahijah means "my brother is the Lord."
Click here for a list of Ahijah's prophecies.
Next person in the Bible: Ahimelech