The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ishma, Son of Etam
Ishma, Son of Etam (יִשְׁמָא‎, yishma'). The second son of Etam listed in the genealogy of Judah (1 Chr 4:3). The Masoretic Text refers to Ishma as the father of Etam, in which case Etam may refer to a group of people in relation to a place called Etam.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ishma (Person)
ISHMA (PERSON) [Heb yišmāʾ (יִשְׁמָא)]. A Judahite, the brother of Jezreel, Idbash, and Hazzelelponi (1 Chr 4:3). LXX identifies Ishma (Gk ragma) as a son of Etam (RSV adopts this reading), while MT refers to him as a father of Etam. In the latter case, Etam would probably denote a group of people
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ishma ishʹmə [Heb. yišmāʾ—‘may God listen’]. A brother of Jezreel and Idbash (1 Ch. 4:3).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ISHMA. A descendant of Hur of Judah through Etam, a of brother Jezreel and Idbash (1 Chr 4:3).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ishma (Heb. yišmāʾ)A son of Etam (so NRSV, following LXX), from the tribe of Judah (1 Chr. 4:3; MT “father of Etam”).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ishma [ĭshˊmə] (Heb. yišmā˒ “may God listen”). A son of Etam, from the tribe of Judah (1 Chr. 4:3).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
ISH´MA (ishʹma). A descendant of Judah, given as one of the “sons of Etam” (1 Chron. 4:3).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ISHMA [ISH muh] (may [God] hear) — a brother of Jezreel and Idbash, of the tribe of Judah (1 Chr. 4:3).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ISHMA<ish’-ma> ([יִשְׁמָא‎, yishma’], from the root yasham, “to lie waste,” therefore meaning “desolate”): A brother of Jezreel and Idbash, “the sons of the father of Etam” (1 Ch 4:3). They were brothers of Hazzelelponi.
See also
Etam Father
Jezreel Brother
Idbash Brother
Hazzelelponi Sister