Encyclopedia > Joab

  Article Content

Joab

Joab (lit, "Jehovah is his father") was the nephew of King David, the son of Zeruiah in the Bible. He was made the captain of David's army (2 Samuel 8:16; 20:23; 1 Chronicles 11:6; 18:15; 27:34). He had two brothers, Abishai and Asahel. Asahel was killed by Abner, for which Joab took revenge by treacherously murdering Abner (2 Samuel 2:13-32; 3:27). After leading the assault on the fortress of Mount Zion, he was promoted to the rank of General (1 Chronicles 27:34). He led the army against Syria, Ammon, and Edom. He took part in David's murder of Uriah (2 Samuel 11:14-25) and later pursued and killed Absalom (2 Samuel 18:1-33).

However, even with all that Joab had done for David, David replaced him as commander of the army with his cousin, Amasa (2 Samuel 17:25; 19:13). Joab later killed Amasa (2 Samuel 20:8-13; 1 Kings 2:5).

After David's death Joab supported the claim of Adonijah for the throne over that of Solomon (1 Kings 1:7; 2:28), and for this Solomon ordered his death by the hand of Benaiah (1 Kings 2:29-34), who then replaced him as commander of the army. Joab was buried in 'the wilderness' (1 Kings 2:34).



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Sanskrit language

... 1500 BCE. There seems to be no clear evidence that these hordes destroyed the existing Indus Valley culture. (See Aryan invaders). But it is clear that th ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 61.9 ms