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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
TEKOA ( 2 Chronicles 11:6 etc.); Tekoah , 2 Samuel 14:2; 2 Samuel 14:4; 2 Samuel 14:9 [AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ], 1Ma 9:33 [RV [Note: Revised Version.]; AV [Note: Authorized Version.] Thecoe ]). A fortress city on the edge of the wilderness to which it gave its name ( 2 Chronicles 20:20 ). From here came the ‘wise woman’ sent by Joab to plead for Absalom ( 2 Samuel 14:2; 2 Samuel 14:4; 2 Samuel 14:8 ); Rehoboam fortified it ( 2 Chronicles 11:6 ), and apparently it continued to be a fortress ( Jeremiah 6:1 ); Amos ‘was among the herdmen of Tekoa’ ( Amos 1:1 ). Tekoa is mentioned also in LXX [Note: Septuagint.] in Joshua 15:59 , and in the genealogies in 1 Chronicles 4:5-8 . The site is now Khurbet TeqÃ»‘a , an extended but shapeless mass of ruins crowning the summit of a hill (2790 ft. above sea level), 5 miles S. of Bethlehem. It is on the extreme edge of the cultivated lands. Bethlehem, the Mt. of Olives, and Nebi SamwÃ®l (Mizpah) are all visible from it.
E. W. G. Masterman.
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Tekoa'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/t/tekoa.html. 1909.