Places Study on Tekoa

Places Study on Tekoa

2 Samuel 14: And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:
2 Samuel 14: And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.
2 Samuel 14: And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father's house: and the king and his throne be guiltless.
1 Chronicles 2: And after that Hezron was dead in Calebephratah, then Abiah Hezron's wife bare him Ashur the father of Tekoa.
1 Chronicles 4: And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.
2 Chronicles 11: He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
2 Chronicles 20: And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
Jeremiah 6: O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.
Amos 1: The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Tekoa
TEKOA ( 2 Chronicles 11:6 etc.); Tekoah , 2 Samuel 14:2 ; 2 Samuel 14:4 ; 2 Samuel 14:9 [AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ], 1Ma 9:33 [RV [Note: Revised Version.] ; AV [Note: Authorized Version.] Thecoe ]). A fortress city on the edge of the wilderness to which it gave its name ( 2 Chronicles 20:20 ). From here came the ‘wise woman’ sent by Joab to plead for Absalom ( 2 Samuel 14:2 ; 2 Samuel 14:4 ; 2 Samuel 14:8 ); Rehoboam fortified it ( 2 Chronicles 11:6 ), and apparently it continued to be a fortress ( Jeremiah 6:1 ); Amos ‘was among the herdmen of Tekoa’ ( Amos 1:1 ). Tekoa is mentioned also in LXX [Note: Septuagint.] in Joshua 15:59 , and in the genealogies in 1 Chronicles 4:5-8 . The site is now Khurbet Teqû‘a , an extended but shapeless mass of ruins crowning the summit of a hill (2790 ft. above sea level), 5 miles S. of Bethlehem. It is on the extreme edge of the cultivated lands. Bethlehem, the Mt. of Olives, and Nebi Samwîl (Mizpah) are all visible from it.

E. W. G. Masterman.

Easton's Bible Dictionary - Tekoa, Tekoah
Pitching of tents; fastening down, a town of Judah, about 12 miles south of Jerusalem, and visible from the city. From this place Joab procured a "wise woman," who pretended to be in great affliction, and skilfully made her case known to David. Her address to the king was in the form of an apologue, similar to that of Nathan (2 Samuel 12:1-6 ). The object of Joab was, by the intervention of this woman, to induce David to bring back Absalom to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 14:2,4,9 ). This was also the birth-place of the prophet (Amos 1:1 ).

It is now the village of Teku'a, on the top of a hill among ruins, 5 miles south of Bethlehem, and close to Beth-haccerem ("Herod's mountain").



Holman Bible Dictionary - Tekoa
(teh koh' uh) Place name meaning, “place of setting up a tent.” A city in the highlands of Judah six miles south of Bethlehem and ten miles south of Jerusalem; home of the prophet Amos. God called Amos from among the shepherds of Tekoa to preach to the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Amos 1:1 ). The priest tried to send him back to Tekoa (Amos 7:12 ).

One of David's chief fighting men was Ira, the son of Ikkesh from Tekoa (2 Samuel 23:26 ). Sometime between 922 B.C. and 915 B.C., Rehoboam cited Tekoa as one of the cities whose fortifications were to be strengthened (2 Chronicles 11:5-6 ). Approximately fifty years later, Jehoshaphat defeated a force of Ammonite, Meunite, and Moabite invaders in the wilderness between Tekoa and En-gedi (2 Chronicles 20:20-22 ). After the return from Exile, Tekoa remained occupied (Nehemiah 3:5 ). See Amos .

Kenneth Craig



Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Tekoa
2 Samuel 14:2. A town of Judah (2 Chronicles 11:6). Six Roman miles from Bethlehem, (to the S.E.,) which was six miles S. of Jerusalem. Tekoa was thus 12 from Jerusalem (Eusebius), but only nine by a shorter route (Jerome). The wise woman whom Joab suborned to persuade David to restore Absalom belonged to Tekoa (2 Samuel 14). Rehoboam fortified it (2 Chronicles 11:6). It was Amos' birthplace. Jeremiah, warning Judah to flee southward from the enemy advancing from the N. (Jeremiah 6:1), plays upon the sound tikehu Tekoa, "blow the trumpet in Tekoa." The derivation taaqa' "to strike" alludes to the stakes struck into the ground to secure the tents of the shepherds who roamed in "the wilderness of Tekoa," which was E. of the town or cluster of pastoral tents. Ira, one of David's thirty mighties, was a Tekoite (2 Samuel 23:26).

The Tekoites repaired the wall under Nehemiah (Nehemiah 3:5; Nehemiah 3:27); but "their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord." Contrast Nehemiah 4:6, "the people had a mind to work" (Judges 5:28; Colossians 3:28). Amos' familiarity with the Tekoa desert and the danger of a shepherd's life affected his style. (See AMOS.) In the lists of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:24; 1 Chronicles 4:5) Ashur, Hezron's posthumous son and Caleb's brother, is mentioned as father, i.e. founder or prince, of Tekoa. Now Teku'a; within sight of "the Frank mountain," the site of Herod's castle, formerly Bethhaccerem; broken columns, heaps of bevelled stones, cisterns,and square foundations of houses, mark the site which is on a broad topped hill, with the remains of a square tower at the N.E.; it commands the view of the level range of the Moabite mountains, affording frequent glimpses of the Dead Sea. (See BETHHACCEREM.)

Hitchcock's Bible Names - Tekoa
Trumpet; that is confirmed
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Tekoa
A city of Judah. (2 Chronicles 11:6) So called from Thakah.

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Tekoa, Tekoah
City of Judah, probably founded by the preceding. Rehoboam built or fortified it 'for defence.' 2 Chronicles 11:6 . The 'wise woman' Joab employed to speak to the king respecting the return of Absalom was from this city. 2 Samuel 14:2,4,9 . Being built on a hill it was a suitable place for blowing the trumpet in time of danger, as in Jeremiah 6:1 . The prophet Amos was among its herdsmen. Identified with ruins at Tekua, 31 38' N, 35 12' E . The WILDERNESS OF TEKOA was probably on its east. 2 Chronicles 20:20 .

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Tekoa
Son of Ashur, or a city founded by Ashur, a descendant of Judah. 1 Chronicles 2:24 ; 1 Chronicles 4:5 .

People's Dictionary of the Bible - Tekoa
Tekoa (te-kô'ah), a fixing or pitching of tents. A fortified city, twelve miles south by east from Jerusalem, 1 Chronicles 2:24; Jeremiah 6:1; Amos 1:1; also written "Tekoah." 2 Samuel 14:2; 2 Samuel 14:4; 2 Samuel 14:9, A. V. The inhabitants were called "Tekoites." Nehemiah 3:5. It had a desert lying east of it, toward the Dead Sea. 2 Chronicles 20:20. Tekoa, now called Tekuʾa, is situated on a hill.

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Tekoa
Jeremiah 6:1 , a city of Judah, now in ruins, situated on an extended height, twelve miles south of Jerusalem. Here originated the wise woman who was Joab's agent, 2 Samuel 14:2 , and Amos the prophet, Amos 1:1 . It was inhabited by Christians in the time of the crusades.

The wilderness of Tekoa, mentioned in 2 Chronicles 20:20 , inclines toward the Dead Sea.

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Tekoa - God called Amos from among the shepherds of Tekoa to preach to the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Amos 1:1 ). The priest tried to send him back to Tekoa (Amos 7:12 ). ... One of David's chief fighting men was Ira, the son of Ikkesh from Tekoa (2 Samuel 23:26 ). , Rehoboam cited Tekoa as one of the cities whose fortifications were to be strengthened (2 Chronicles 11:5-6 ). Approximately fifty years later, Jehoshaphat defeated a force of Ammonite, Meunite, and Moabite invaders in the wilderness between Tekoa and En-gedi (2 Chronicles 20:20-22 ). After the return from Exile, Tekoa remained occupied (Nehemiah 3:5 )
Tekoa - Tekoa was thus 12 from Jerusalem (Eusebius), but only nine by a shorter route (Jerome). The wise woman whom Joab suborned to persuade David to restore Absalom belonged to Tekoa (2 Samuel 14). (Jeremiah 6:1), plays upon the sound tikehu Tekoa, "blow the trumpet in Tekoa. " The derivation taaqa' "to strike" alludes to the stakes struck into the ground to secure the tents of the shepherds who roamed in "the wilderness of Tekoa," which was E. Amos' familiarity with the Tekoa desert and the danger of a shepherd's life affected his style. founder or prince, of Tekoa
Teko'a, - Jerome says that Tekoa was six Roman miles from Bethlehem, and that as he wrote he had that village daily before his eyes. (2 Chronicles 11:6 ) Some of the people from Tekoa took part in building the walls of Jerusalem, after the return from the captivity. (Nehemiah 3:6,27 ) In (Jeremiah 6:1 ) the prophet exclaims, "Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem. " But Tekoa is chiefly memorable as the birthplace (Amos 7:14 ) of the prophet Amos. Tekoa is still as Teku'a. There is little doubt that the town of Tekoa is meant
Tekoite - (teh koh' ite) Resident of Tekoa (2 Samuel 23:26 ; Nehemiah 3:5 )
Temeni - One of the sons of Ashur, the father of Tekoa (1 Chronicles 4:6 )
Beracah - ‘The valley of blessing,’ where Jehoshaphat gave thanks for victory over the Ammonites, Moabites, and Edomites, who had marched from Engedi to Tekoa ( 1 Chronicles 12:2 ; 1 Chronicles 12:20 ). The name survives at the ruin Bereikût on the main road from Jerusalem to Hebron, west of Tekoa
Ashur - Son of Hezron and father of Tekoa
he'Lah - (rust ), one of the two wives of Ashur, father of Tekoa
Bethhaccerem - Place near Tekoa in Judah, used as a beacon hill
Tem'Eni, - son of Ashur the father of Tekoa, by his wife Naarah
Ashhur - The ‘father’ of Tekoa ( 1 Chronicles 2:24 ; 1 Chronicles 4:5 )
a'Nub - (confederate ), son of Coz and descendant of Judah, through Ashur the father of Tekoa ( 1 Chronicles 4:8 )
ze'Reth - (splendor ), son of Ashur, the founder of Tekoa, by his wife Helah
Helah - One of the wives of Ashbur the ‘father’ of Tekoa ( 1 Chronicles 4:5 ; 1 Chronicles 4:7 )
Maarath - Possibly the name survives in Beit ’Ummâr , west of Tekoa
Ikkesh - ” Father of one of David's 30 heroes from Tekoa (2 Samuel 23:26 )
Ahu'Zam - (possession ), properly Ahuzzam son of Ashur, the father or founder of Tekoa, by his wife Naarah
Tekoa - Tekoa (te-kô'ah), a fixing or pitching of tents. A fortified city, twelve miles south by east from Jerusalem, 1 Chronicles 2:24; Jeremiah 6:1; Amos 1:1; also written "Tekoah. Tekoa, now called Tekuʾa, is situated on a hill
Ashhur - His title, “Father of Tekoa,” may indicate he founded the city later famous for native son Amos, the prophet. See Tekoa
Haahash'Tari - "father of Tekoa," by his second wife Naarah
Beth-Hac'Cerem - ( Nehemiah 3:14 ; Jeremiah 6:1 ) A beacon station near Tekoa, supposed to be the Frank Mountain , a few miles southeast of Bethlehem
Ash'ur - ( 1 Chronicles 2:24 ; 4:5 ) He became "father" or founder of the town of Tekoa
Berachah - Blessing, a beautiful valley between Tekoa and Etham, where Jehoshaphat and all Judah held a thanksgiving for their miraculous victory over the Moabites and Ammonites, 2 Chronicles 20:26
Beth-Haccerem - Conjectured to be the Frank mountain, between Tekoa and Bethlehem, Nehemiah 3:14 ; Jeremiah 6:1
Ziz - Projecting; a flower, a cleft or pass, probably that near En-gedi, which leads up from the Dead Sea (2 Chronicles 20:16 ) in the direction of Tekoa; now Tell Hasasah
Tekoa - Tekoa ( 2 Chronicles 11:6 etc. ); Tekoah , 2 Samuel 14:2 ; 2 Samuel 14:4 ; 2 Samuel 14:9 [AV [Note: Authorized Version. From here came the ‘wise woman’ sent by Joab to plead for Absalom ( 2 Samuel 14:2 ; 2 Samuel 14:4 ; 2 Samuel 14:8 ); Rehoboam fortified it ( 2 Chronicles 11:6 ), and apparently it continued to be a fortress ( Jeremiah 6:1 ); Amos ‘was among the herdmen of Tekoa’ ( Amos 1:1 ). Tekoa is mentioned also in LXX [Note: Septuagint
Naarah - One of the wives of Ashhur the ‘father’ of Tekoa ( 1 Chronicles 4:5 f
Asphar - A pool in the desert of Tekoa, or Jeshimon, where Jonathan and Simon the Maccabees encamped
Jeruel - It lay beyond the wilderness of Tekoa, in the direction of Engedi (2 Chronicles 20:16,20 )
Jeruel - It was on the rugged descent southeast of Tekoa going to En-Gedi
Tekoite - The Tekoites were inhabitants of Tekoa: they helped to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, but "their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord
he'Pher - ) ... Son of Ashur, the "father of Tekoa
he'Pher - ) ... Son of Ashur, the "father of Tekoa
Beth-Haccherem - Tradition fixed on Herodium south of Bethlehem, probably because it was a conspicuous site near Tekoa, with which it is noticed
Tekoa - ... The wilderness of Tekoa, mentioned in 2 Chronicles 20:20 , inclines toward the Dead Sea
Ziz - (the projection ), The cliff of, the pass by which the horde of Moabites, Ammonites and Mehunim made their way up from the shores of the Dead Sea to the wilderness of Judah near Tekoa
Bethhaccerem - of Jerusalem, near Tekoa, on an eminence suitable for a fire signal
Etam - A town in Judah near Bethlehem and Tekoa; a favorite resort of Solomon, and fortified by Rehoboam, 1 Chronicles 4:3,32 2 Chronicles 11:6
Jeruel Wilderness - ... Part of the flat country stretching from the Dead Sea to Tekoa, a waste table land in front of the valley; where Jahaziel told Jehoshaphat he should encounter Ammon, Moab, etc
Ziz - It is often located at wadi Hasasa, southeast of Tekoa near the Dead Sea
Beracah - A valley near Tekoa and a modern village retain the name: wadi Berekut and khirbet Berekut
Tekoa, Tekoah - The WILDERNESS OF Tekoa was probably on its east
Amos - The third of the minor prophets was a shepherd of Tekoa, a small town of Judah
a'Mos - (burden ), native of Tekoa in Judah, about six miles south of Bethlehem, originally a shepherd and dresser of sycamore trees, who was called by God s Spirit to be a prophet, although not trained in any of the regular prophetic schools
Ira - Ira from Tekoa was also an officer in charge of the sixth month's “national guard” army (1 Chronicles 27:9 )
Amos - One of the minor Prophets, a native of Tekoa in Judah, possibly the father of the prophet Isaiah
Gedor - It is located at khirbet Judur three miles north of Hebron and Beth-zur and west of Tekoa
Amos - the fourth of the minor prophets, who in his youth had been a herdsman in Tekoa, a small town about four leagues southward of Jerusalem. Hence it is natural to suppose that he must have been born within the territories of Israel, and that he only retired to Tekoa, on being expelled from Bethel by Amaziah, the priest of the calves at Bethel
Etam - ), fortified the city ( 2 Chronicles 11:6 ), which seems to indicate that Etam stood between Bethlehem and Tekoa
Coal - ... Coal, or rather charcoal, supplies several Scripture metaphors, the most interesting of which is illustrated by the expression of the wise woman of Tekoa, ‘thus shall they quench my coal that is left’ (2 Samuel 14:7 )
Engedi - From there the road went up to Tekoa and then to Jerusalem
Fortified Cities - Among the more important cities in these lists are Hazor in Naphtali and Bethlehem, Tekoa, Hebron, Gath, and Lachish in Judah
Pools of Solomon - , in the wilderness of Tekoa, Jehoshaphat assembled his army in the valley of Berachah ("blessing"), and there blessed the Lord
Wilderness - This word is used of the wilderness of Beersheba (Genesis 21:14 ), on the southern border of Palestine; the wilderness of the Red Sea (Exodus 13:18 ); of Shur (15:22), a portion of the Sinaitic peninsula; of Sin (17:1), Sinai (Leviticus 7:38 ), Moab (Deuteronomy 2:8 ), Judah (Judges 1:16 ), Ziph, Maon, En-gedi (1 Samuel 23:14,24 ; 24:1 ), Jeruel and Tekoa (2 Chronicles 20:16,20 ), Kadesh (Psalm 29:8 )
Wilderness, Desert - Special waste tracts are distinguished: wilderness of Shur, Zin, Paran, Kadesh, Maon, Ziph, Tekoa, Moab, Edom, etc
Allegory - The allegory told by the wise woman of Tekoa in 2 Samuel 14:4-7 similarly opened David's eyes to a new perspective and caused him to spare the life of Absalom
Desert, Wilderness - Thus we read of the Wilderness of Gibeon (2 Samuel 2:24), of Tekoa (2 Chronicles 20:20), of Damascus (1 Kings 19:15). The Wilderness of Judah included the Wilderness of Ziph, of Tekoa, of Engedi
Wilderness (2) - They are found even near towns; thus the OT mentions the wildernesses of Gibeon, of Tekoa, of Damascus, of Riblah (Massoretic Text Diblah, Ezekiel 6:14). The wildernesses of Ziph and of Maon are portions of it in the south, as well as those of Engedi and Tekoa in the middle; and finally also, in the north, the rough, barren, and uninhabited district where the road runs from Jerusalem to Jericho (cf. In that respect, as well as in others, John is like Amos, the shepherd of Tekoa
Jehoshaphat, Valley of - Possibly "the valley of Berachah", where between Tekoa and the main road from Bethlehem to Hebron Jehoshaphat assembled the people to bless Jehovah for the victory over Ammon, Moab, etc
Shepherd - As agriculture increased pasturage decreased, and was limited to particular spots, the border of the wilderness of Judah, Carmel (1 Samuel 25:2), Bethlehem (1 Samuel 16:11; Luke 2:8), Tekoa (Amos 1:1), and Gedor (1 Chronicles 4:39)
Cave - Such stables I have planned and measured at Tekoa, ’Aziz, and other places south of Bethlehem, and the mangers existing in them leave no doubt as to their use and character
Amos - Amos, the earliest of the prophets whose writings have come down to us, and the initiator of one of the greatest movements in spiritual history, was a herdsman, or small sheep-farmer, in Tekoa, a small town lying on the uplands some six miles south of Bethlehem. ’ The fruit of this tree was hastened in its ripening process by being bruised or pinched: and as the sycomore does not grow at so great a height as Tekoa, this subsidiary occupation would bring Amos into touch with other political and religious circles
Absalom - ... Joab perceiving how the king took to heart Absalom's exile suborned a woman of Tekoa, by an imaginary case, to extort from the king (whose justice would not allow his love for Absalom to let him escape some penalty for Amnon's murder) the admission of the general principle that, in special cases where the life taken could not be recalled, means for restoring the loved and living banished one should be devised; just as God, considering the brevity of man's life, weak and irrecoverable when gone, "as water spilt on the ground, does not take a (sinner's) soul away" (so the Hebrew text of 2 Samuel 14:14 for "neither doth God respect any person"), but deviseth means that His banished be not (for ever) expelled from Him
Joel - The position of his book in the Hebrew canon between Hosea and Amos implies that he was Hosea's contemporary, slightly preceding Amos who at Tekoa probably heard him, and so under the Spirit reproduces his words (Joel 3:16, compare Amos 1:2)
Hosea - In contrast, Amos, who ministered as a prophet in Israel shortly before Hosea's ministry there, was from Tekoa in Judah
Mediator, Mediation - Both kinds of mediation are sometimes intertwined in the Bible, as when Moses used Aaron to mediate between himself and Pharaoh (Exodus 7:1-2 ) and Joab used the wise woman of Tekoa to mediate his message about Absalom to David (2 Samuel 14:2-20 )
Joab - ... Joab next, by the wise woman of Tekoa and her parable, induced the king to restore Absalom, which Joab saw was David's own wish, though justice constrained him to severity. David discerned Joab's hand in the Tekoan woman's application
Absalom - David and his wives and concubines and mixed-up children, Tamar and her half-brother Amnon, Absalom and Jonadab, Joab and the wise woman of Tekoa, Ittai and Shimei, Ahithophel and Hushai, and the righteousness and the grace of God reigning over them all
Angels (2) - In Tobit 12:12 the angel assures Tobit that he was familiar with all the events of his troublous days: as in 2 Samuel 14:17; 2 Samuel 14:20 the woman of Tekoa flatters Joah that he was ‘as wise as an angel of God to know all things that are in the earth
Preaching - Solomon was a prince of the house of Judah; Amos, a herdsman of Tekoa; yet both were preachers, and one at least was a prophet, 1 Kings 2; Amos 7:14-15
Woman - The wise women of Tekoa ( 2 Samuel 14 ) and of Abel Beth Maacah (2 Samuel 20:14-22 ) probably were the heads of city councils
Amos, Theology of - That Yahweh would call Amos to prophesy to them was, in itself, rather remarkable because he was neither a religious professional nor a northerner, but a farmer from Tekoa in Judah (1:1; 7:14-15)
Preaching - Joshua 34: Solomon was a prince of the house of Judah, Amos a herdsman of Tekoa; yet both were preachers, and one at least was a prophet, 1 Kings 2:1-46 : Amos 7:14-15
Prophet, Prophetess, Prophecy - On the contrary, he was a most successful shepherd in Tekoa and a grower of sycamore-fig fruit (1:1; 7:14)