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  1. Daughter of Lamech and Zillah and sister of Tubal-cain (Genesis 4:22 ). According to Abba b. Kahana, Naamah was Noah's wife and was called "Naamah" (pleasant) because her conduct was pleasing to God. But the majority of the rabbis reject this statement, declaring that Naamah was an idolatrous woman who sang "pleasant" songs to idols (Gen. R. 23:4 ).

  2. An Ammonitess one of Solomon's wives and mother of Rehoboam (IKings 14:21,31 2Chronicles 12:13 ). In the second Greek account (IKings 12:24) Naamah is said to have been the daughter of Hanun (Ἄ ν α ), son of Nahash, a king of Ammon (2Samuel 10:1-4 ). Naamah is praised, in B. Ḳ . 38b, for her righteousness, on account of which Moses had previously been warned by God not to make war upon the Ammonites (comp. Deuteronomy 2:19 ), as Naamah was to descend from them.

  3. A town of Judah, mentioned with Gederoth, Beth-dagon, and Makkedah (Joshua 15:41 ). It may be that Zophar the Naamathite (Job 2:11 ) was a native of this town. Naamah is identified with the modern Na' nah, a small village six miles south of Lydda ("Memoirs of the Survey of W. Palestine," 2:408).

E. G. H. M. Sel.
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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Naamah'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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