(joh' bab) Personal name perhaps meaning, “wilderness” or “arm oneself for battle.” 1. Son of Joktan in Table of Nations lineage of Noah's son Shem (Genesis 10:29). He was thus the original ancestor of a Semite tribe, probably in southern Arabia. 2. Early king of Edom centered in Bozrah (Genesis 36:33). 3. King of city state of Madon who joined Jabin of Hazor in northern coalition against Joshua (Joshua 11:1). 4. Two members of tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:9,1 Chronicles 8:18).
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