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(Isaiah 7:6). (See TABEIL), 1. Tab'eal (Heb. Tabeel', ט בְאֵל [in: pause Tabedl', ט בְאֵל, Isaiah 7:6, A. V. "Tabeal'"], God is good; Sept. Ταβεήλ ), the name of two men. (See TOBIEL).

1. The father of the unnamed person on whom Rezin, king of Syria, and Pekah, king of Israel, proposed to bestow the crown of Judah in case they succeeded in dethroning Ahaz (Isaiah 7:6). B.C. ante 738. Who "Tabeal's son" was is unknown, but it is conjectured that he was some factious and powerful Ephraimite (perhaps Zichri, 2 Chronicles 28:7), who promoted the war in the hope of this result. Kitto. The Aramaic form of the name, (See TABRIMMON), however, has been thought to favor the supposition that he was a Syrian in the army of Rezin. The Targum of Jonathan renders the name as an appellative, "and we will make king in the midst of her him who seems good to us" (יִת מִן דנְכָשִׁר לָנָא ). Rashi by Gematria turns the name into רמלא, Rimla, 1,v which apparently he would understand Remaliah.

2. An officer of the Persian government in Samaria in the reign of Artaxerxes (Ezra 4:7). B.C. 519. It has been argued that he, too, was an Aramaean, from the fact that the letter which he and his companions wrote to the king was in the Syrian or Aramaean language. Gesenius, however (Jesa, 1, 280), thinks that he may have been a Samaritan.

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

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