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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Hebrew - Malcham
Hebrew - Malcham

(mal' kam) KJV form for Malcam (1 Chronicles 8:9) and Milcom (Zephaniah 1:5). The name meaning, “their King” is applied to 1. A Benjaminite (1 Chronicles 8:9). 2. The chief god of the Ammonites (Zephaniah 1:5, KJV; Malcam, RSV and NAS margins). The Hebrew malcam is sometimes seen as a deliberate scribal misspelling of Milcom (compare Jeremiah 49:1,Jeremiah 49:3; Zephaniah 1:5), the common name for the Ammonites' god (1 Kings 11:5,1 Kings 11:33; Zephaniah 1:5), the common name for the Ammonites' god (1 Kings 11:5,1 Kings 11:33; 2 Kings 23:13). One text (1 Kings 11:7) links Milcom with Molech. At Amos 1:15 the Hebrew malcam is translated simply “their king,” though the word choice suggests that the Ammonites' god will go with them into Exile. See Ammon; Milcom; Molech.

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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 'MALCHAM'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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