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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Queen

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No explicit mention of queens is made till we read of the "queen of Sheba." The wives of the kings of Israel are not so designated. In Psalm 45:9 , the Hebrew for "queen" is not Malkah , One actually ruling like the Queen of Sheba, but Shegal , Which simply means the king's wife. In 1 Kings 11:19 , Pharaoh's wife is called "the queen," but the Hebrew word so rendered (g'birah) is simply a title of honour, denoting a royal lady, used sometimes for "queen-mother" (1 Kings 15:13; 2 Chronicles 15:16 ). In Song of Solomon 6:8,9 , the king's wives are styled "queens" (Heb. melakhoth).

In the New Testament we read of the "queen of the south", i.e., Southern Arabia, Sheba (Matthew 12:42; Luke 11:31 ) and the "queen of the Ethiopians" (Acts 8:27 ), Candace.

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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Queen'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/q/queen.html. 1897.

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