Tekoa (Tuh-koh´uh)

A name used in reference to a wilderness (2Chr 20:20) and to a town. Two persons known to David came from the settlement (2Sam 14:1-17; 2Sam 23:26), and according to the author of Chronicles, Rehoboam fortified the site (2Chr 11:6). It is located on a ridge about ten miles south of Bethlehem. Because of its vantage point warnings could be given if an enemy threatened Jerusalem from the south (Jer 6:1). This may be the home of the prophet Amos (Amos 1:1), though some scholars think that Amos’s home must be a Tekoa in Galilee, a site known in postbiblical times.

2Chr 20:20

20They rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabit ... View more

2Sam 14:1-17

Absalom Returns to Jerusalem
1Now Joab son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's mind was on Absalom.2Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman. He ... View more

2Sam 23:26

26Helez the Paltite; Ira son of Ikkesh of Tekoa;

2Chr 11:6

6He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

Jer 6:1

The Imminence and Horror of the Invasion
1Flee for safety, O children of Benjamin,
from the midst of Jerusalem!
Blow the trumpet in Tekoa,
and raise a signal on ... View more

Amos 1:1

1The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of King Uzziah of Judah and in the days of King Jeroboam so ... View more

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