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(teh koh' uh) Place name meaning, “place of setting up a tent.” A city in the highlands of Judah six miles south of Bethlehem and ten miles south of Jerusalem; home of the prophet Amos. God called Amos from among the shepherds of Tekoa to preach to the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Amos 1:1 ). The priest tried to send him back to Tekoa (Amos 7:12 ).

One of David's chief fighting men was Ira, the son of Ikkesh from Tekoa (2 Samuel 23:26 ). Sometime between 922 B.C. and 915 B.C., Rehoboam cited Tekoa as one of the cities whose fortifications were to be strengthened (2 Chronicles 11:5-6 ). Approximately fifty years later, Jehoshaphat defeated a force of Ammonite, Meunite, and Moabite invaders in the wilderness between Tekoa and En-gedi (2 Chronicles 20:20-22 ). After the return from Exile, Tekoa remained occupied (Nehemiah 3:5 ). See Amos .

Kenneth Craig

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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.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Tekoa'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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