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Abijah

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

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ABIJAH . 1 . Son and successor of Rehoboam ( 2 Chronicles 13:1 ), also called Abijam ( 1 Kings 14:31 ). The accounts of him in the Books of Kings and Chronicles are discrepant. The difference begins with the name of his mother, which 2 Ch. gives as Micaiah , daughter of Uriel of Gibeah, while 1Kings. makes her to have been Maacah , daughter of Abishalom. As the latter is also the name of Asa’s mother ( 1 Kings 15:10 , 2 Chronicles 15:16 ), there is probably some confusion in the text. Beyond this, the Book of Kings tells us only that he reigned three years, that he walked in the sins of his father, and that he had war with Jeroboam, king of Israel. 2 . Samuel’s second son ( 1 Samuel 8:2 ). The RV [Note: Revised Version.] retains the spelling Abiah in 1 Chronicles 6:28 . 1 Chronicles 6:3 . A son of Jeroboam I. who died in childhood ( 1 Kings 14:1-31 ). 4 . One of the ‘heads of fathers’ houses’ of the sons of Eleazar, who gave his name to the 8th of the 24 courses of priests ( 1 Chronicles 24:3; 1 Chronicles 24:10 , 2 Chronicles 8:14 ). To this course Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, belonged ( Luke 1:5 ). The name occurs also in the lists of priests who ‘went up with Zerubbabel’ ( Nehemiah 12:4 ), and of those who ‘sealed unto the covenant’ in the time of Nehemiah ( Nehemiah 10:7 ). 5 . A son of Becher, son of Benjamin, 1 Chronicles 7:8 . 1 Chronicles 7:6 . Wife of Hezron, eldest son of Perez, son of Judah, 1 Chronicles 2:24 , RV [Note: Revised Version.] Abiah. 7 . Wife of Ahaz, and mother of Hezekiah ( 2 Chronicles 29:1 ), named Abi in 2 Kings 18:2 .

H. P. Smith.

Bibliography Information
Hastings, James. Entry for 'Abijah'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​hdb/​a/abijah.html. 1909.
 
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