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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 Samuel 23:26 1 Chronicles 11:28; 1 Chronicles 27:9; the "woman of Tekoa" [ 2 Samuel 14:2 ] is in Hebrew teqo`ith; in Nehemiah 3:5 mention is made of certain Tekoites, te-ko'its teqo'im, who repaired part of the walls of Jerusalem):

1. Scripture References:

From here came the "wise woman" brought by Joab to try and make a reconciliation between David and Absalom (2 Samuel 14:2 f); it was one of the cities fortified by Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:6; Josephus, Ant, VIII, ix, 1). The wilderness of Tekoa is mentioned (2 Chronicles 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 Jeremiah 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 Joshua 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 Chronicles 2:24; 1 Chronicles 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 Maccabees 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 South of Bethlehem and 10 miles from Jerusalem, near the Frank Mountain and on the road to `Ain Jidy. The remains on the surface are chiefly of large cut stone and are all, apparently, medieval. Fragments of pillars and bases of good hard limestone occur on the top of the hill, and there is an octagonal font of rose-red limestone; it is clear that the church once stood there. There are many tombs and cisterns in the neighborhood of a much earlier period. A spring is said to exist somewhere on the site, but if so it is buried out of sight. There is a reference in the "Life of Saladin" (Bahaoddenus), to the "river of Tekoa," from which Richard Coeur de Lion and his army drank, 3 miles from Jerusalem: this may refer to the Arab extension of the "low-level aqueduct" which passes through a long tunnel under the Sahl Tequ`a and may have been thought by some to rise there.

The open fields around Teqa'a are attractive and well suited for olive trees (which have now disappeared), and there are extensive grazing-lands. The neighborhood, even the "wilderness" to the East, is full of the flocks of wandering Bedouin. From the site, Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives and Nebi Samuel (Mizpah) are all visible; to the Northeast is a peep of the Jordan valley near Jericho and of the mountains of Gilead, but most of the eastern outlook is cut off by rising ground (PEF, III, 314, 368, Sh XXI).

E. W. G. Masterman

Strong's Hebrew
8621. Teqoi -- inhab. of Tekoa
... inhab. of Tekoa. Transliteration: Teqoi or Teqoi Phonetic Spelling: (tek-o-ee')
Short Definition: Tekoite. Word Origin from Teqoa Definition inhab. ...
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8620. Teqoa -- a city in Judah
... 8619, 8620. Teqoa. 8621 . a city in Judah. Transliteration: Teqoa Phonetic
Spelling: (tek-o'-ah) Short Definition: Tekoa. ... Tekoa, Tekoah. ...
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The Carcass and the Eagles
... Amos was not an Israelite born, for he came from Tekoa, away down south, in the
wild country west of the Dead Sea, where he had been a simple herdsman till the ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture a/the carcass and the eagles.htm

The Sins of Society
... The shepherd from Tekoa had often gazed up at the silent splendours of the Pleiades
and Orion, as he kept watch over his flocks by night, and had seen the ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture a/the sins of society.htm

The Prophet --His Youth and his Call.
... It is the same open, arid landscape as that on which several prophets were bred:
Amos a few miles farther south at Tekoa, John Baptist, and during His ...
//christianbookshelf.org/smith/jeremiah/lecture iii the prophethis youth.htm

Preparation for Advent
... himself; not a courtier like Isaiah, or a priest like Jeremiah, or a sage like Daniel;
but a herdsman and a gatherer of sycamore fruit in Tekoa, near Bethlehem ...
/.../kingsley/all saints day and other sermons/sermon ii preparation for advent.htm

"It is the King's Chapel. " Amos vii. 13
... GOLD. Now, Amos, what do you say to that? Won't you go home to Tekoa, and
spend the rest of your time looking after the cattle? "Nay ...
//christianbookshelf.org/champness/broken bread/xiii it is the kings.htm

Bethany. Beth-Hene.
... They inquire, How long one may eat of these or the other fruits?"And they state
the business thus: "They eat Olives (say they) until the last ceases in Tekoa ...
/.../lightfoot/from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 41 bethany beth-hene.htm

... R. Josi saith, "They brought also of the wheat of Barchaim, and of Caphar Achum;
which were near Jerusalem.". "For oil, Tekoa deserves the first praise. ...
/.../lightfoot/from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 53 ephraim.htm

Concerning Rehoboam, and How God Inflicted Punishment Upon Him for ...
... Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, who, as we said before, was king of the two tribes,
built strong and large cities, Bethlehem, and Etare, and Tekoa, and Bethzur ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 10 concerning rehoboam and.htm

Prefaces to the Commentaries on the Minor Prophets.
... In three books, addressed also to Pammachius, ad406 (Preface to Amos, Book iii.).
The Preface to Book i. merely gives a description of Tekoa, Amos' birthplace. ...
/.../jerome/the principal works of st jerome/prefaces to the commentaries on.htm

Description of the Wilderness, and the Question About the Death of ...
... In the district of Palestine near the village of Tekoa which had the honour of
producing the prophet Amos, [1363] there is a vast desert which stretches far ...
/.../cassian/the works of john cassian /chapter i description of the.htm

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

trumpet; that is confirmed

ATS Bible Dictionary

Jeremiah 6:1, a city of Judah, now in ruins, situated on an extended height, twelve miles south of Jerusalem. Here originated the wise woman who was Joab's agent, 2 Samuel 14:2, and Amos the prophet, Am 1:1. It was inhabited by Christians in the time of the crusades.

The wilderness of Tekoa, mentioned in 2 Chronicles 20:20, inclines toward the Dead Sea.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Pitching of tents; fastening down, a town of Judah, about 12 miles south of Jerusalem, and visible from the city. From this place Joab procured a "wise woman," who pretended to be in great affliction, and skilfully made her case known to David. Her address to the king was in the form of an apologue, similar to that of Nathan (2 Samuel 12:1-6). The object of Joab was, by the intervention of this woman, to induce David to bring back Absalom to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 14:2, 4, 9).

This was also the birth-place of the prophet Amos (1:1).

It is now the village of Teku'a, on the top of a hill among ruins, 5 miles south of Bethlehem, and close to Beth-haccerem ("Herod's mountain").

Tekoa (12 Occurrences)
...TEKOA. ... In Jeremiah 6:1, we read, "Blow the trumpet in Tekoa and raise a signal in
Beth-haccherim"-because of the enemy advancing from the North. ...
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Teko'a (11 Occurrences)
Teko'a. Tekoa, Teko'a. Tekoah . Multi-Version Concordance Teko'a (11
Occurrences). 2 Samuel 14:2 And Joab sent to Tekoa, and fetched ...
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Ashhur (2 Occurrences)
... ASHHUR. ash'-ur (ashchur, the King James Version Ashur): The "father of Tekoa"
(1 Chronicles 2:24; 1 Chronicles 4:5), probably the founder of the village. ...
/a/ashhur.htm - 8k

Etam (5 Occurrences)
... ETAM. e'-tam `eTam; Codex Alexandrinus, Apan, Codex Vaticanus, Aitan: (1) Mentioned
in Septuagint along with Tekoa, Bethlehem and Phagor (Joshua 15:59). ...
/e/etam.htm - 11k

Naarah (3 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. NAARAH (1). na'-a-ra (na`arah, "a girl"): One
of the two wives of Ashhur, father of Tekoa (1 Chronicles 4:5). NAARAH (2). ...
/n/naarah.htm - 8k

Pool (25 Occurrences)
... as'-far, (lakkos Asphar): When Jonathan and Simon fled from Bacchides they encamped
by this pool in the wilderness of Tekoa (1 Maccabees 9:33; Ant, XIII, i, 2 ...
/p/pool.htm - 40k

Beth-haccherem (2 Occurrences)
... From its association with Tekoa (Jeremiah 6:1) and from the statement by Jerome
that it was a village which he could see daily from Bethlehem, the Frank ...
/b/beth-haccherem.htm - 8k

Ashur (6 Occurrences)
... (WBS). 1 Chronicles 2:24 And after that Hezron was dead in Calebephratah, then Abiah
Hezron's wife bare him Ashur the father of Tekoa. (KJV WBS). ...
/a/ashur.htm - 8k

... as'-far, (lakkos Asphar): When Jonathan and Simon fled from Bacchides they encamped
by this pool in the wilderness of Tekoa (1 Maccabees 9:33; Ant, XIII, i, 2 ...
/a/asphar.htm - 6k

Abijah (32 Occurrences)
... Nehemiah 12:4, 17. (7) The wife of Judah's grandson Hezron, to whom was traced
the origin of Tekoa (1 Chronicles 2:24). (8) The mother ...
/a/abijah.htm - 25k

Bible Concordance
Tekoa (12 Occurrences)

2 Samuel 14:2 Joab sent to Tekoa, and fetched there a wise woman, and said to her, "Please act like a mourner, and put on mourning clothing, please, and don't anoint yourself with oil, but be as a woman who has mourned a long time for the dead.

2 Samuel 14:4 When the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, "Help, O king!"

2 Samuel 14:9 The woman of Tekoa said to the king, "My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father's house; and the king and his throne be guiltless."

2 Samuel 23:26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite;
(See NIV)

1 Chronicles 2:24 After that Hezron was dead in Caleb Ephrathah, then Abijah Hezron's wife bore him Ashhur the father of Tekoa.

1 Chronicles 4:5 Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.

1 Chronicles 11:28 Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite;
(See NIV)

2 Chronicles 11:6 He built Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

2 Chronicles 20:20 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, Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: believe in Yahweh your God, so you shall be established; believe his prophets, so you shall prosper.

Nehemiah 3:5 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; and their nobles put not their necks to the work of their lord.
(See NIV)

Jeremiah 6:1 Flee for safety, you children of Benjamin, out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and raise up a signal on Beth Haccherem; for evil looks forth from the north, and a great destruction.

Amos 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen 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 or Tekoah

Tekoa: Son of Ashur

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Abijah (32 Occurrences)

Amos (12 Occurrences)

Helah (2 Occurrences)

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Bethlehem (49 Occurrences)

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Looms (2 Occurrences)

Grieving (12 Occurrences)

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Ira (6 Occurrences)

Fetched (26 Occurrences)

Tekeltekel (1 Occurrence)

Temeni (1 Occurrence)

Envisioned (1 Occurrence)

Ephrath (9 Occurrences)

Ephrathah (6 Occurrences)

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Earth-shock (11 Occurrences)

Mourner (6 Occurrences)

Pools (15 Occurrences)

Pretend (9 Occurrences)

Prostrated (29 Occurrences)

Beth-haccerem (2 Occurrences)

Beth-cherem (2 Occurrences)

Blame (14 Occurrences)

Beracah (2 Occurrences)

Behave (18 Occurrences)

Beth-hacche'rem (2 Occurrences)



Bethhaccerem (2 Occurrences)

Caleb-Ephratah (1 Occurrence)

Calebephratah (1 Occurrence)

Caleb-Ephrath (1 Occurrence)

Cosmetic (1 Occurrence)

Caleb-Ephrathah (1 Occurrence)

Abiah (4 Occurrences)

Successful (16 Occurrences)

Sycomore (3 Occurrences)

Sheepherders (1 Occurrence)

Signal (18 Occurrences)

Covert (18 Occurrences)

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Mourned (54 Occurrences)

Obeisance (45 Occurrences)

Joab (128 Occurrences)

Hakkerem (2 Occurrences)

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Mizpeh (24 Occurrences)

Mourning (85 Occurrences)

Jo'ab (120 Occurrences)

Education (4 Occurrences)

Flag (30 Occurrences)

Builder (33 Occurrences)

Succeed (47 Occurrences)

Earthquake (17 Occurrences)

Mizpah (42 Occurrences)

Prosper (91 Occurrences)

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