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The father of Shimei, one of twelve officials in Solomon’s court (1 Kgs 4:18).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ELA (PERSON) [Heb ʾēlāʾ (אֵלָא)]. The father of Shimei, the governor appointed by Solomon over the administrative district of Benjamin (1 Kgs 4:18). The name Ela, which is also found in the Samaria Ostraca (Reisner, Fischer and Lyon 1924: 236), is formed from the common Semitic term for deity (ʾēl)
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ela. Father of Shimei, one of the 12 officers appointed to requisition food for King Solomon’s household (1 Kgs 4:18, kjv Elah).
Elah. 1. Esau’s descendant and a chief of Edom (Gn 36:41; 1 Chr 1:52).2. kjv rendering of Ela, Shimei’s father, in 1 Kings 4:18.See Ela.3. Baasha’s son and 4th king of Israel. Elah reigned for only two years (886–885 bc). While in a drunken stupor he was murdered by one of his generals (1 Kgs 16:8–14).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ELA Father of Shimei, one of the 12 officers appointed to requisition food for King Solomon’s household (1 Kgs 4:18).
ELAH1. Esau’s descendant and a chief of Edom (Gn 36:41; 1 Chr 1:52).2. kjv rendering of Ela, Shimei’s father, in 1 Kings 4:18. See Ela.3. Baasha’s son and fourth king of Israel. Elah reigned for only two years (886–885 bc). While in a drunken stupor, he was murdered by one of his generals (1 Kgs 16:8–14).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Elah (ee´luh).1 The valley in Judah where David is reported to have killed Goliath (1 Sam. 17:2, 19; 21:9); it was protected by the cities of Libnah and Azekah (modern Wadi es-Sant).2 The son and successor of Baasha, and king of Israel ca. 877–876 bce. He ruled for fewer than two years. While intoxicated,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ELAH1. A prince of an Edomite clan (Gen 36:41; 1 Chr 1:52).2. The father of Shimei, one of Solomon’s administrative officers (1 Kgs 4:18).3. An Israelite king (c. 886–885 b.c.), son of Baasha (1 Kgs 16:6, 8, 13–14). He was murdered by his successor Zimri.4. Father of Hoshea, the last king of Israel,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ELAH (Heb. ’ēlâ, ‘terebinth’). 1. A tribal prince of Edom (Gn. 36:41; 1 Ch. 1:52), perhaps the chief of the district of Elah, possibly the seaport of *Elath. 2. Son of Baasha, and king of Israel for 2 years until he was assassinated by Zimri during a drunken orgy in the house of Arza, his steward (1
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ela (Heb. ʾēlāʾ)The father of Shimei the district governor of Benjamin during the reign of Solomon (1 Kgs. 4:18).
Elah (Heb. ʾēlâ)1. One of the 11 chiefs of Esau/Edom (Gen. 36:41; 1 Chr. 1:52). The biblical texts indicate that the references probably represent a place within the territory of Edom, possibly near ʿAqaba.2. The fourth king of Israel and son of Baasha, who ruled in Tirzah ca. 877–876 b.c.e. (1 Kgs.
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