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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Heb. Abiyam', אֲבַיָּם , father of the sea, i. q. seaman; Sept. Ἀβία v. r. Ἀβιού, Vulg. Abiamn), the name always given in the book of Kings (1 Kings 14:31; 1 Kings 15:1; 1 Kings 15:7-8) to the king of Judah (1 Kings 14:1, refers to another person), elsewhere (1 Chronicles 3:10; 2 Chronicles 13:1-22) called ABIJAH (See ABIJAH) (q.v.). Lightfoot (Harm. O.T. in loc.) thinks that the writer in Chronicles, not describing his reign as wicked, admits the sacred JAH into his name; but which the book of Kings, charging him with following the evil ways of his father, changes into JAM. This may be fanciful; but such changes of name were not unusual (comp. (See BETHAVEN); (See SYCHAR) ).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Abijam'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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