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(lah' mi) Personal name meaning “my bread” or perhaps an abbreviated form of Bethlehemite. Brother of the giant Goliath. Elhanan the son of Jair killed him (1 Chronicles 20:5 ). The parallel passage (2 Samuel 21:19 ) says Elhanan the Bethlehemite killed Goliath. Compare 1 Samuel 17:1 . The Chronicler may have been using a text of Samuel which copyists had made difficult to read and have interpreted it to the best of his ability. Some interpreters think the present text of Samuel represents copyists' confusion with the Chronicler's text accurate. See Elhanan; Goliath.

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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 'Lahmi'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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