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The father of three famous wise men who are compared to Solomon. Solomon is said to be wiser than the sons of Mahol (1 Kgs 4:31).
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MAHOL (PERSON) [Heb maḥôl (מַחֹול)]. The father of Heman, Calcol, and Darda, who are mentioned in 1 Kgs 5:11—Eng 4:31. Solomon’s wisdom is presented as superior to the wisdom of the sons of Mahol. The proper name “Mahol” occurs only in this passage. Neither his nationality nor the reputation for wisdom
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MAHOL (Heb. māḥôl, ‘dance’). The father of certain sages whom Solomon excelled in wisdom (1 Ki. 4:31). But in 1 Ch. 2:6 they are said to be ‘sons of Zerah’. ‘Sons’ may simply mean ‘descendants’ in either case. However, ‘sons of Mahol’ may be an appellative expression meaning ‘sons of the dance’ (cf.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Mahol (Heb. māḥôl)The father of Heman, Calcol, and Darda (and perhaps also of Ethan the Ezrahite; cf. the superscriptions of Pss. 88–89), wise men with whom Solomon is compared and found superior (1 Kgs. 4:31 [MT 5:11]). The “sons” of Mahol here probably represent members of a musicians’ guild; Heman
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MA´HOL (maʹhol; a “dance”). A person who seems to have been the father of Heman, Calcol, and Darda, men renowned for their wisdom before the time of Solomon (1 Kings 4:31). If these are the same as those given (1 Chron. 2:6) as the sons of Zerah, the word must be taken, as elsewhere, to denote simply