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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Maacah, Maachah
Hebrew - Aram-maacah
Hebrew - Maacah, Aram-maacah
Hebrew - Beth-maacah
Hebrew - Abel-beth-maacah

(may' uh cuh) A personal name of uncertain meaning (possibly “dull” or “stupid”). 1. son of Nahor, Abraham's brother (Genesis 22:24); this Maacah perhaps gave his name to the Aramean kingdom west of Basham and southwest of Mount Hermon; the residents of this kingdom, the Maachathites (ma a thites), were not driven out during the Israelite conquest of Canaan (Joshua 13:13). Later, this people sided with the Ammonites against David (2 Samuel 10:6-8). This nation is perhaps personified as the wife (ally) of Machir at 1 Chronicles 7:16. 2. Concubine of Caleb (1 Chronicles 2:48). 3. Wife of Jeiel of Gibeon (1 Chronicles 8:29; 1 Chronicles 9:35). 4. Wife of David and the mother of Absalom (2 Samuel 3:3; 1 Chronicles 3:2). 5. Father/ancestor of one of David's warriors (1 Chronicles 11:43). 6. Father/ancestor of Shephatiah who led the tribe of Simeon in David's reign (1 Chronicles 27:16). 7. Father/ancestor of Achish, king of Gath (1 Kings 2:39). 8. Mother of King Abijam (1 Kings 15:2) and ancestress of King Asa (1 Kings 15:10,1 Kings 15:13).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'MAACAH'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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