Wives of King David: Maacah, daughter of Talmai king of Geshur

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Maacah {also seen as Maakah} is identified as the daughter of Talmai, King of Geshur.  Her marriage with David was probably an alliance between David and the King of Geshur.

The only reference I could find to the meaning of her name was on Biblenews1.com which says “Ma`akah means fondling female, or pet.”  No citation for this was found on their webpage and no other reference I searched provided a meaning of her name.

Geshur, the country of her origin, means bridge. Wikipedia says, “According to the Bible, it was allotted to the half-tribe of Manasseh, which settled east of the Jordan river, but its inhabitants, the Geshurites, could not be expelled.  In the time of David, Geshur was an independent kingdom.”

She most likely married David while he was still in Hebron.

Absalom, was the son of Maacah

Absalom, was the son of Maacah

She was the mother of David’s children, Absolom and Tamar.

Absalom fled to his mother’s native country, after the murder of his half-brother and David’s eldest son, Amnon. Absalom stayed there for three years before being rehabilitated by David.

 

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