Joab in Easton's Bible Dictionary
Jehovah is his father. (1.) One of the three sons of
David's sister, and "captain of the host" during the
David's reign (2 Sam. 2:13; 10:7; 11:1; 1 Kings
father's name is nowhere mentioned, although his
Bethlehem is mentioned (2 Sam. 2:32). His two
Abishai and Asahel, the swift of foot, who was
killed by Abner
(2 Sam. 2:13-32), whom Joab afterwards treacherously
(3:22-27). He afterwards led the assault at the
storming of the
fortress on Mount Zion, and for this service was
raised to the
rank of "prince of the king's army" (2 Sam. 5:6-10;
27:34). His chief military achievements were, (1)
allied forces of Syria and Ammon; (2) against Edom
11:15, 16); and (3) against the Ammonites (2 Sam.
11). His character is deeply stained by the part he
took in the murder of Uriah (11:14-25). He acted
a sense of duty in putting Absalom to death (18:1-
14). David was
unmindful of the many services Joab had rendered to
afterwards gave the command of the army to Amasa,
(2 Sam. 20:1-13; 19:13). When David was dying Joab
cause of Adonijah in preference to that of Solomon.
afterwards slain by Benaiah, by the command of
accordance with his father's injunction (2 Sam.
at the altar to which he had fled for refuge. Thus
conspirator died without one to lift up a voice in
He was buried in his own property in the
in the north-east of Jerusalem (1 Kings 2:5, 28-34).
succeeded him as commander-in-chief of the army.
(2.) 1 Chr. 4:14.
(3.) Ezra 2:6.