Ithra [N]

(excellence ), an Israelite, ( 2 Samuel 17:25 ) or Ishmaelite, ( 1 Chronicles 2:17 ) the father of Amasa by Abigail, Davids sister. (B.C. before 1023.)

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

Bibliography Information

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


ith'-ra (yithra', "abundance"):

The father of Amasa, commanding general in the rebel army of Absalom. It seems that his mother was Abigail, a sister or half-sister of King David (1 Chronicles 2:17). She is called the sister of Zeruiah, Joab's mother (2 Samuel 17:25). In this same passage Ithra is called an "Israelite," but in 1 Chronicles 2:17; 1 Kings 2:5,32, we read: "Jether the Ishmaelite."

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