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Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Aaron – Aniconism

Volume 1
Editor(s): Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, New York) 2012

Abi (also Abijah; MT  ʾĂbî,  ʾĂbîyāh; LXX Ἄβού, Ἀβιά) is listed in the regnal notice of her son Hezekiah who succeeded his father Ahaz as king of Judah (2 Kgs 18 : 2; Abijah in 2 Chr 29 : 1). Her father’s name is Zechariah. Josephus calls her Abia and describes her as a native of Jerusalem (Ant. 9.260). The name Abi, if correct, is an abbreviated form of the longer name, Abijah (“My [Divine] Father is YHWH”). The short form of the name is not attested elsewhere in the Bible, but it is found onc…

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