The figurine was unearthed at a site called Abel Beth Maacah
, located just south of Israel's border with Lebanon.
and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah
the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur" 1 Chronicles 3:1-2: "Now these were the sons of David, which were born unto him in Hebron; ...
According to that talmudic passage, Tamar was the daughter of Maacah
, daughter of Talmai King of Geshur.
However, if God permitted polygamy to stand as an example not to be followed, then one wonders why conflict among David's wives--Michal, Abigail, Ahinoam, Maacah
, Haggith, Abital, Eglah, and Bathsheba--is not mentioned.
The five women and two girls studied in this book are Miriam, the sister of Moses in her childhood role; Rizpah, a concubine of king Saul; the wise woman of Abel Beth Maacah
, an important character in the story of Absalom; the anonymous wife of Jeroboam, the first king of North Israel; the widow of Zarephath; an Israelite slave girl who sent Naaraan to be cured in Israel; and Athaliah, the only reigning queen in the Bible.
The heir God wanted was not Amnon, son of Ahinoam, the Jezreelite (1 Chronicles 3:1) nor Absalom the son of Maacah
, nor Adonijah the son of Haggith, but Solomon the son of Bathsheba.
Absalom, to the "wild Bedouin blood" of his mother, Maacah
Sometimes, faith empowers women for confrontation, as is the ease of the "wise women" of Tekoa and Abel Beth Maacah
, at other times, it empowers them for compliance.
the Lawe of God" when he gave into "foolish pitie" in choosing only to depose his mother, Maacah
, rather than execute her for idolatry.(23) Bruce reasonably suggests that James's "suspicious mind" projected the gloss as casting aspersions "upon the memory of his own mother," though clearly James's suspiciousness may have led him to imagine in it subversive reflections on the legitimacy of his own rule.(24)
And the name of his sister was Maacah
. And the name of the second was Zelophehad; and Zelophehad had daughters.