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Holman Bible Dictionary

Malcham

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(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 49:1,49:3; Zephaniah 1:5 ), the common name for the Ammonites' god (1Kings 11:5,1 Kings 11:33; Zephaniah 1:5 ), the common name for the Ammonites' god (1Kings 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. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/m/malcham.html. 1991.

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