Ahimaaz in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
a-hi-ma'-az, a-him'-a-az ('achima`ats, perhaps "my brother
is rage," or "brother of rage"):
(1) Father of Ahinoam the wife of King Saul (1 Sam 14:50).
(2) The son of Zadok the high priest (1 Ch 6:8,9,53). With
his father he remained loyal to Dared in the rebellions both
of Absalom and of Adonijah. With Jonathan the son of
Abiathar he carried information to Dared when he fled from
Absalom (2 Sam 15:27,36; 17:17,20). At his own urgent
request he carried tidings to David after the death of
Absalom (2 Sam 18:19 ff). He told the king of the victory,
and also, through his reluctance to speak, informed him of
Absalom's death. By his reluctance and his sympathy he
softened a little the message, which the Cushite presently
repeated more harshly.
That Ahimaaz did not succeed his father as high priest has
been inferred from the fact that in the Solomon list of
heads of departments (1 Ki 4:2) Azariah the son of Zadok is
mentioned as priest. It is assumed that this Azariah is the
one who appears in the genealogy as the son of Ahimaaz, and
that for some reason Ahimaaz was left out of the succession.
These inferences are not Justified by the record, though
possibly the record does not absolutely disprove them. As
the list stands it makes Zadok and Abiathar the high
priests. Azariah and Zabud, the son of Nathan (1 Ki 4:2,5),
are spoken of as holding priestly offices of a different
kind. Ahimaaz may have died early, or may have followed some
other career, but the simple fact is that we do not know.
(3) Ahimaaz, in Naphtali, was one of Solomon's twelve
commissary officers (1 Ki 4:15), who married Basemath the
daughter of Solomon. It is not impossible that he was
Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, though there is no proof to that