Tekoa in Easton's Bible Dictionary
pitching of tents; fastening down, a town of Judah, about
miles south of Jerusalem, and visible from the city.
place Joab procured a "wise woman," who pretended to
be in great
affliction, and skilfully made her case known to
address to the king was in the form of an apologue,
that of Nathan (2 Sam. 12:1-6). The object of Joab
was, by the
intervention of this woman, to induce David to bring
Absalom to Jerusalem (2 Sam. 14:2, 4, 9).
This was also the birth-place of the prophet Amos
It is now the village of Teku'a, on the top of a
ruins, 5 miles south of Bethlehem, and close to
Tekoa in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
2 Samuel 14:2. A town of Judah (2 Chronicles 11:6). Six
Roman miles from Bethlehem, (to the S.E.,) which was six
miles S. of Jerusalem. Tekoa was thus 12 from Jerusalem
(Eusebius), but only nine by a shorter route (Jerome). The
wise woman whom Joab suborned to persuade David to restore
Absalom belonged to Tekoa (2 Samuel 14). Rehoboam fortified
it (2 Chronicles 11:6). It was Amos' birthplace. Jeremiah,
warning Judah to flee southward from the enemy advancing
from the N. (Jeremiah 6:1), plays upon the sound tikehu
Tekoa, "blow the trumpet in Tekoa." The derivation taaqa'
"to strike" alludes to the stakes struck into the ground to
secure the tents of the shepherds who roamed in "the
wilderness of Tekoa," which was E. of the town or cluster of
pastoral tents. Ira, one of David's thirty mighties, was a
Tekoite (2 Samuel 23:26).
The Tekoites repaired the wall under Nehemiah
(Nehemiah 3:5; Nehemiah 3:27); but "their nobles put not
their necks to the work of their Lord." Contrast Nehemiah
4:6, "the people had a mind to work" (Judges 5:28;
Colossians 3:28). Amos' familiarity with the Tekoa desert
and the danger of a shepherd's life affected his style. (See
AMOS.) In the lists of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:24; 1
Chronicles 4:5) Ashur, Hezron's posthumous son and Caleb's
brother, is mentioned as father, i.e. founder or prince, of
Tekoa. Now Teku'a; within sight of "the Frank mountain," the
site of Herod's castle, formerly Bethhaccerem; broken
columns, heaps of bevelled stones, cisterns,and square
foundations of houses, mark the site which is on a broad
topped hill, with the remains of a square tower at the N.E.;
it commands the view of the level range of the Moabite
mountains, affording frequent glimpses of the Dead Sea. (See
Tekoa in Hitchcock's Bible Names
trumpet; that is confirmed
Tekoa in Naves Topical Bible
1. Son of Ashur
1Ch 2:24; 4:5
Some authorities interpret these passages to mean that
colonized the town of Tekoah
Tekoa in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. A town in the tribe of Judah. 2Ch 11:6 on the
range of hills which rise near Hebron and stretch eastward
toward the Dead Sea. Jerome says that Tekoa was six Roman
miles from Bethlehem, and that as he wrote he had that
village daily before his eyes. The "wise woman" whom Joab
employed to effect a reconciliation between David and
Absalom was obtained from this place. 2Sa 14:2 Here also Ira
the son of Ikkesh, one of David's thirty, "the mighty men,"
was born, and was called on that account "the Tekoite," 2Sa
23:26 It was one of the places which Rehoboam fortified, at
the beginning of his reign, as a defence against invasion
from the south. 2Ch 11:6 Some of the people from Tekoa took
part in building the walls of Jerusalem, after the return
from the captivity. Ne 3:6,27 In Jer 6:1 the prophet
exclaims, "Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of
fire in Bethhaccerem." But Tekoa is chiefly memorable as the
birthplace Am 7:14 of the prophet Amos. Tekoa is still as
Teku'a. It lies on an elevated hill, which spreads itself
out into an irregular plain of moderate extent. Various
ruins exist, such as the walls of houses, cisterns, broken
columns and heaps of building-stones.
2. A name occurring in the genealogies of Judah, 1Ch
2:24; 4:5 as the son of Ashur. There is little doubt that
the town of Tekoa is meant.
Tekoa in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
te-ko'-a (teqoa', or teqo`ah; Thekoe; the King James Version
Tekoah; one of David's mighty men, "Ira the son of Ikkesh,"
is called a Tekoite, te-ko'-it (teqo`i; 2 Sam 23:26; 1 Ch
11:28; 27:9; the "woman of Tekoa" [2 Sam 14:2] is in Hebrew
teqo`ith; in Neh 3:5 mention is made of certain Tekoites,
te-ko'its teqo'im, who repaired part of the walls of
1. Scripture References:
From here came the "wise woman" brought by Joab to try and
make a reconciliation between David and Absalom (2 Sam 14:2
f); it was one of the cities fortified by Rehoboam (2 Ch
11:6; Josephus, Ant, VIII, ix, 1). The wilderness of Tekoa
is mentioned (2 Ch 20:20) as the extreme edge of the
inhabited area; here Jehoshaphat took counsel before
advancing into the wilderness of Judea to confront the
Ammonites and Moabites. In Jer 6:1, we read, "Blow the
trumpet in Tekoa and raise a signal in Beth-haccherim"--
because of the enemy advancing from the North. Amos 1:1, one
of the "herdsmen of Tekoa," was born here.
In Josh 15:59 (addition to verse in Septuagint only) Tekoa
occurs at the beginning of the list of 11 additional cities
of Judah--a list which includes Bethlehem, Ain Kairem and
Bettir--which are omitted in the Hebrew. A Tekoa is
mentioned as a son of Ashhur (1 Ch 2:24; 4:5).
Jonathan Maccabeus and his brother Simon fled from the
vengeance of Bacchides "into the wilderness of Thecoe (the
Revised Version (British and American) "Tekoah") and pitched
their tents (the Revised Version (British and American)
"encamped") by the water of the pool Asphar" (1 Macc 9:33).
2. Later History:
Josephus calls Tekoa a village in his day (Vita, 75), as
does Jerome who describes it as 12 miles from Jerusalem and
visible from Bethlehem; he says the tomb of the prophet Amos
was there (Commentary on Jeremiah, VI, 1). "There was," he
says, "no village beyond Tekoa in the direction of the
wilderness." The good quality of its oil and honey is
praised by other writers. In the 6th century a monastery,
Laura Nova, was founded there by Saba. In the crusading
times Tekoa was visited by pious pilgrims wishing to see the
tomb of Amos, and some of the Christian inhabitants assisted
the Crusaders in the first siege of Jerusalem. In 1138 the
place was pillaged by a party of Turks from the East of the
Jordan, and since that time the site appears to have lain
desolate and ruined, although even in the 14th century the
tomb of Amos was still shown.
3. The Site of Tequ`a:
The site is without doubt the Khirbet Tequ'a, a very
extensive ruin, covering 4 or 5 acres, about 6 miles...
Tekoa Scripture - 1 Chronicles 2:24
And after that Hezron was dead in Calebephratah, then Abiah
Hezron's wife bare him Ashur the father of Tekoa.
Tekoa Scripture - 1 Chronicles 4:5
And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.
Tekoa Scripture - 2 Chronicles 11:6
He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
Tekoa Scripture - 2 Chronicles 20:20
And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the
wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood
and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem;
Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established;
believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
Tekoa Scripture - Amos 1:1
The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which
he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah,
and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel,
two years before the earthquake.
Tekoa Scripture - Jeremiah 6:1
O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of
the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set
up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of
the north, and great destruction.