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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Maacah

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MAACAH. 1. A son of Nahor ( Genesis 22:24 ). 2. The daughter of Talmai, wife of David, and mother of Absalom ( 2 Samuel 3:5 etc.). 3. The father of Achish, king of Gath ( 1 Kings 2:39 ), possibly the same as Maoch ( 1 Samuel 27:2 ). 4. Wife of Rehoboam, and mother of Ahijah ( 2 Chronicles 11:20 ). When she is called ‘daughter’ of Absalom ( 1 Kings 15:2; 1Ki 15:10 , 2 Chronicles 11:20 f.), ‘granddaughter’ may be intended, as Ahsalom had but one daughter, Tamar , who may have married Uriel of Gibeah ( 2 Chronicles 13:2 , where the name is given as Micaiah; cf. Jos. [Note: Josephus.] Ant . VII. x. 1). Maacah fell under the spell of loathsome idolatry, for which Asa deposed her from the position of queen-mother, which she appears to have held till then ( 1 Kings 15:18 , 2 Chronicles 15:16 ). 5. A concubine of Caleb ( 1 Chronicles 2:48 ). 6. Wife of Machir ( 1 Chronicles 7:15 f.). 7. Wife of Jehiel, the father of Gibeon ( 1 Chronicles 8:28; 1 Chronicles 9:35 ). 8. One of David’s warriors, father of Hanan ( 1 Chronicles 11:43 ). 9. The father of Shephatiah, the captain of the Simeonites ( 1 Chronicles 27:18 ).

W. Ewing.

MAACAH. A small kingdom out of which the Aramæan ( 1 Chronicles 19:6 ) inhabitants were not driven ( Joshua 13:13 ). It probably lay in what is now known as the Jautân , E. of the Sea of Galilee and the Upper Jordan ( Deuteronomy 3:14 , Joshua 12:6; Joshua 13:11 ), but its borders cannot now be determined. Its king and army were hired against David by the Ammonites, and shared their overthrow in the battle fought near Medeba ( 2 Samuel 10:1-19 , 1 Chronicles 19:1-19 ). The inhabitants were called Maacathites ( 2 Samuel 23:34 etc.).

W. Ewing.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Maacah'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/m/maacah.html. 1909.

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