Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A nephew of David whom Absalom chose to command his army during his attempt to usurp David’s throne. The son of Ithra and David’s sister Abigail (2 Sam 17:25); assassinated by Joab (2 Sam 20:8–13).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
AMASA (PERSON) [Heb ʿămāśāʾ (עֲמָשָׂא)]. 1. Kinsman of David (2 Sam 19:14—Eng 19:13) whom Absalom appointed to replace Joab as commander of the army during his rebellion against David (2 Sam 17:25), a post Amasa retained after David’s return to power, only to be murdered by Joab in the early stages
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Amasa. 1. Son of Ithra (Jether) and David’s sister Abigal (2 Sm 17:25; 1 Chr 2:17, Abigail), and therefore David’s nephew. Amasa was a captain who supported Absalom in his rebellion against his father David. After Absalom was killed by David’s general, Joab, David pardoned Amasa and replaced Joab with
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
1. According to 2 S. 17:25, the son of Abigail, the sister of Zeruiah and David, and Ithra, an Israelite; but another source, 1 Ch. 2:17, calls his father Jether the Ishmaelite. The RSV and NEB read “Ishmaelite” in both places. He was a nephew of David and a cousin of Absalom, who made him commander
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Amasa (uh-may´suh; Heb., “to support, defend, protect”; cf. Isa. 46:3).1 The son of Abigail (sister or half sister of David) and Jether the Ishmaelite (1 Chron. 2:17). He was the cousin of Joab and his successor as military commander-in-chief, despite his defection to the rebelling Absalom (2 Sam. 17:25;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
AMASA1. Nephew of David, son of his sister Abigail and Jether an Ishmaelite (1 Chr 2:13–17); cousin of Joab, son of Zeruiah, Abigail’s sister (2 Sam 17:25). After Absalom’s revolt failed, David forgave Amasa and made him captain of his forces in place of Joab (2 Sam 19:13). On the fall of Absalom, Sheba
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
AMASA 1. Son of Jether (or Ithra) an Ishshmaelite, and of David’s sister Abigail, Amasa commanded Absalom’s rebel army (2 Sa. 17:25), was defeated by Joab (2 Sa. 18:6–8), pardoned by David, and replaced Joab as commander of the army (2 Sa. 19:13). Taken off his guard, he was slain by the double-dealing
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Catholic Bible Dictionary
AMASA A nephew of King David; the son of Ithra the Ishmaelite (2 Sam 17:25, or Jether the Ishmaelite, 1 Chr 2:17) and Abigail, the sister of David. Amasa supported Absalom in his rebellion against David, and Absalom named him commander of the army (2 Sam 17:25) in place of Joab, who had fled with the
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Am´asa (a burden).1. Son of Ithra or Jether, by Abigail, David’s sister. 2 Sam. 17:25. He joined in Absalom’s rebellion, b.c. 1023, was appointed commander-in-chief, and suffered defeat by Joab. 2 Sam. 18:6. David, incensed against Joab for killing Absalom, forgave Amasa and appointed him Joab’s successor.
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