And Jeroboam the son of Nebat
According to some Jewish writers F18, this was Sheba the son of Bichri; but, as Kimchi observes, he was of the tribe of Benjamin, this of Ephraim; and besides, his head was cut off, and thrown over the wall to Joab, ( 2 Samuel 20:1 2 Samuel 20:22 ) ,
an Ephrathite of Zereda;
some where in the tribe of Ephraim, but nowhere else mentioned. There was a famous Jewish doctor, before the times of Christ, of this place, as it seems, who was called Jose ben Joezer, a man of Zereda F19:
not only his subject, but one that had been advanced by him to an office, and served under him, ( 1 Kings 11:28 ) ,
whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman;
who very probably was supported by this her son, an industrious and ingenious man:
even he lifted up his hand against the king;
either against Solomon, by reproaching and reproving him for some things he did; or rather against Rehoboam his son, which was very ungrateful.
F18 Shalshalet Hakabala, p. 11.
F19 Pirke Abot, c. 1. sect. 4.