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The head of the first of 24 divisions of priests under King David; ancestor of Mattathias, initiator (with his five sons) of the Maccabean revolt (1 Macc 2:1; 14:29). Joarib is a priestly clan name (1 Chr 24:7).
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Joarib joh’uh-rib (Ιωαριβ, from Heb. יוֹיָרִיב H3424, “Yahweh contends [for me]”; see Joiarib). Mattathias the priest, who instigated the Maccabean Revolt (see Maccabee), is described as belonging to “the sons of Joarib” (1 Macc. 2:1; 14:29 [KJV, “Jarib”]). The reference is no doubt to Jehoiarib, who
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