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Micah (1)

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mı̄´ka ( מיכה , mı̄khāh , contracted from מיכיהוּ , mı̄khāyāhū , "who is like Yah?"; Codex Vaticanus, Μειχαίας , Meichaı́as ; Codex Alexandrinus, Μιχά , Michá ; sometimes in the King James Version spelled Michah ):

(1) The chief character of an episode given as an appendix to the Book of Judges (Judges 17:1-13 ; 18). Micah, a dweller in Mt. Ephraim, was the founder and owner of a small private sanctuary with accessories for worship (Matthew 17:1-5 ), for which he hired as priest a Judean Levite (Matthew 17:7-13 ). Five men sent in quest of new territory by the Danites, who had failed to secure a settlement upon their own tribal allotment, visited Micah's shrine, and obtained from his priest an oracle favoring their quest (Judges 18:1-6 ). They then went on until they reached the town of Laish in the extreme North, and deeming it suitable for the purpose, they returned to report to their fellow-tribesmen. These at once dispatched thither 600 armed men, accompanied by their families (Judges 18:7-12 ). Passing Micah's abode, they appropriated his idols and his priest, and when their owner pursued, he was insulted and threatened (Judges 18:13-26 ). They took Laish, destroyed it with its inhabitants and rebuilt it under the name of Dan. There they established the stolen images, and appointed Micah's Levite, Jonathan, a grandson of Moses (the King James Version "Manasseh"), priest of the new sanctuary, which was long famous in Israel (Judges 18:27-31 ).

The purpose of the narrative is evidently to set forth the origin of the Danite shrine and priesthood. A few peculiarities in the story have led some critics - e.g., Moore, "Judges," in ICC and "Judges" in SBOT ; Budde, Richter - to regard it as composite. Wellhausen, however, considers that the peculiarities are editorial and have been introduced for the purpose of smoothing or explaining the ancient record. Most authorities are agreed that the story is nearly contemporary with the events which it narrates, and that it is of the highest value for the study of the history of Israelite worship. See also JUDGES ; DAN ; PRIESTHOOD .

(2) A R eubenite, whose descendant Beerah was carried into exile by Tiglath-pileser (1 Chronicles 5:5 ).

(3) A son of Merib-baal (1 Chronicles 8:34 f; 1 Chronicles 9:40 f). See MICA , (1).

(4) A K ohathite Levite (1 Chronicles 23:20 ; 1 Chronicles 24:24 f).

(5) The father of Abdon, one of Josiah's messengers to the prophetess Huldah (2 Chronicles 34:20 ). In the parallel passage (2 Kings 22:12 ), the reading is "Achbor the son of Micaiah," the King James Version "Michaiah."

(6) A S imeonite mentioned in the Book of Judith (Judith 6:15 ).

(7) The prophet, called, in Jeremiah 26:18 (Hebrew), "Micaiah the Morashtite." See special article.

(8) The son of Imlah. See MICAIAH , (7).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Micah (1)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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