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Amasai

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[some Amas'ai] (Hebrew Amasay', עֲמָשִׂי , burdensome), the name of several men. (See AMASHAI).

1. (Sept. Ἀμασί and Ἀμάς v. r. Ἀμεσσί and Ἀμαθί .) A Levite, son of Elkanah, and father of Ahimoth or Mahath, of the ancestry of Samuel (1 Chronicles 6:25; 1 Chronicles 6:35), B.C. cir. 1410. 2. (Sept. Ἀμασαί .) The principal leader of a considerable body of men from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, who joined David in "the stronghold," apparently the cave of Adullam; his fervent declaration of attachment instantly dispelled the apprehensions that David expressed at their coming (1 Chronicles 12:18), B.C. cir. 1061. There is not much probability in the supposition (Ewald, Isr. Gesch. 2, 544) that he was the same with AMASA (See AMASA) (q.v.), the nephew of David.

3. (Sept. Ἀμασαϊ v .) One of the priests appointed to precede the ark with blowing of trumpets on its removal from the house of Obed-edom to Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 15:24), B.C. cir. 1043.

4. (Sept. Ἀμασί .) Another Levite, father of a different Mahath, and one of the two Kohathites that were forward at the instance of Hezekiah in cleansing the temple (2 Chronicles 29:12), B.C. 726.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Amasai'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/a/amasai.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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