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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Nahash

NAHASH. 1 . A king of Ammon, who demanded the surrender of the men of Jabesh-gilead, with the loss of the right eye of each ( 1 Samuel 11:1 f.). So sure was he of their helplessness that he allowed them seven days’ respite in which to appeal for help. Saul, newly designated as Israel’s future king, was ploughing in the fields when the news was brought to him. He sacrificed the oxen sent parts of the sacrifice to his fellow-countrymen with a command to muster, and promptly destroyed the Ammonites. Probably this is the Nahash who was kind to Saul’s enemy David ( 2 Samuel 10:2 , 1 Chronicles 19:1 ), and whos son Shobi ( 2 Samuel 17:27 ) brought supplies to David a Mahanaim. 2 . Father of David’s half-sisters, Abigai and Zeruiah, if the text of 2 Samuel 17:25 is correct, which is doubtful. According to Buchanan Gray, ‘daughte of Nahash’ may have crept into the text from ‘son of Nahash’ in 2 Samuel 17:27; cf. 1 Chronicles 2:16 .

J. H. Stevenson.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Nahash'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/n/nahash.html. 1909.

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