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Amasa in Wikipedia
A son of Abigail (2 Sam 17:25 ), who was sister to King
David (1 Chr 2:16,17 ) and Zeruiah, the mother of Joab.
Hence, Amasa was a nephew to David, a cousin to Joab, as
well as a cousin to Absalom.
Absalom, David's mutinous son, revolted and won over the
tribes of Israel (2 Sam 15 ). He appointed Amasa over the
army, in effect replacing Joab, who had been general for his
After the revolt was crushed, David held out an olive branch
to Amasa (in a likely effort to appease and reunite Judah
with the other 10 tribes of Israel) by offering to appoint
Amasa as his new army commander (2 Sam 19:13 ). While being
fiercely loyal to David, Joab was also suspicious of any
potential rivals for Joab's power or threats to David's
kingdom, and had no qualms about taking the lives of any who
might stand in his way (E.G., Abner: 2 Sam 3:27 , and
Absalom: 2 Sam 18:14 ). So it was not difficult for Joab to
also decide to murder Amasa (2 Sam 20:10 , 1 Kin 2:5,32 ).
A son of Hadlai, and one of the leaders of Ephraim (2 Chr
28:12 ) during the reign of the evil King Ahaz (2 Chr 28:1-4