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Mahol
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Mahol
Mahol (מָחוֹל‎, machol). 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).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Mahol (Person)
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
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Mahol
Mahol. Father of three famous wise men (Heman, Calcol, and Darda) during the Solomonic era (970–930 bc; 1 Kgs 4:31).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Mahol
Mahol māʹhōl [Heb. māḥôl—‘dance,’ ‘place of dancing,’ ‘orchestra’]. Most versions render benê māḥôl as “sons of Mahol” (AV, RSV, NEB, 1 K. 4:31 [MT 5:11]); thus, Mahol would be the proper name of the father of the four wise men whom Solomon surpassed in wisdom. Scholars have demonstrated,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Mahol
MAHOL Father of three famous wise men (Heman, Calcol, and Darda) during the Solomonic era (970–930 bc; 1 Kgs 4:31).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Mahol
Mahol (may´hol; Heb., “dance”), the father of the wise men Heman, Calcol, and Darda (1 Kings 4:31). These children are among those to whom the wisdom of Solomon is compared, when it is asserted that Solomon was wiser than anyone else.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Mahol
MAHOL. The father of three men, Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, noted for their wisdom, though surpassed in this respect by Solomon (1 Kgs 4:31). Some describe the wise men mentioned above as “sons of dance,” since the word māhôl is found in Ps 149:3; 150:4, where it is translated “dance.” In this case
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Mahol
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
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
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Mahol
Mahol [māˊhŏl] (Heb. māḥôl “dancing”).† The father of Heman, Calcol (KJV “Chalcol”), 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
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Mahol
Ma´hol (dancing), the father of the four men most famous for wisdom next to Solomon himself. 1 Kings 4:31; 1 Chron. 2:6.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Mahol
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
See also
Relatives
Heman Son
Calcol Son
Darda Son