Amasai [N] [H]


  • A Levite, son of Elkanah, of the ancestry of Samuel ( 1 Chronicles 6:25 1 Chronicles 6:35 ).

  • The leader of a body of men who joined David in the "stronghold," probably of Adullam ( 1 Chronicles 12:18 ).

  • One of the priests appointed to precede the ark with blowing of trumpets on its removal from the house of Obed-edom ( 1 Chronicles 15:24 ).

  • The father of a Levite, one of the two Kohathites who took a prominent part at the instance of Hezekiah in the cleansing of the temple ( 2 Chronicles 29:12 ).

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    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Amasai". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Amasai [N] [E]

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    Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Amasai'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

    Amasai, or Amasa-i

    (burdensome )

    1. A Kohathite, father of Mahath and ancestor of Samuel ( 1 Chronicles 6:25 1 Chronicles 6:35 )
    2. Chief of the captains of Judah and Benjamin, who deserted to David while an outlaw at Ziklag. ( 1 Chronicles 12:18 ) (B.C. 1060.)
    3. One of the priests who blew trumpets before the ark. ( 1 Chronicles 15:24 )
    4. Another Kohathite, in the reign of Hezekiah. ( 2 Chronicles 29:12 )

    Bibliography Information

    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Amasai, or Amasai'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.


    a-ma'-si (`amasay, perhaps rather to be read `ammishay; so Wellhausen, IJG, II, 24, n.2):

    (1) A name in the genealogy of Kohath, son of Elkanah, a Levite of the Kohathite family (compare 1 Chronicles 6:25; 2 Chronicles 29:12).

    (2) Chief of the captains who met David at Ziklag and tendered him their allegiance. Some have identified him with Amasa and others with Abishai, who is called Abshai in 1 Chronicles 11:20 m (compare 1 Chronicles 18:12). The difficulty is that neither Amasa nor Abishai occupied the rank of the chief of thirty according to the lists in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11, the rank to which David is supposed to have appointed into (compare 1 Chronicles 12:18).

    (3) One of the trumpet-blowing priests who greeted David when he brought back the Ark of the Covenant (compare 1 Chronicles 15:24).

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    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'AMASAI'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.