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AHIJAH . 1 . 1 Samuel 14:3 ; 1 Samuel 14:18 is (AV [Note: Authorized Version.] Ahiah ), a priest, son of Ahitub, who had charge of the oracular ephod and consulted it for Saul [read ‘ephod’ for ‘ark’ at 1 Samuel 14:18 ]. Ahijah is probably to he identified with Ahimelech ( 1 Samuel 21:1 ). 2 . 1 Kings 4:3 , one of Solomon’s secretaries, who conducted the king’s correspondence and wrote out his decrees. His father Shisha seems to have held the same office under David. 3 . 1 Kings 11:29 f., 1 Kings 12:15 , 2 Chronicles 10:15 , a prophet of Shiloh, who foretold the division of the kingdom and the elevation of Jeroboam. Subsequently he predicted the death of Jeroboam’s son ( 1 Kings 14:2 ff.). 4 . 1 Kings 15:27 ; 1 Kings 15:33 , father of Baasha. 5 . 1 Chronicles 2:25 has an Ahijah, son of Jerahmeel, but is hopelessly corrupt. The LXX [Note: Septuagint.] gets rid of the name. 6 . 1 Chronicles 8:7 (AV [Note: Authorized Version.] Ahiah ), son of Ehud, a Benjamite: at 1 Chronicles 8:4 Ahoah , but LXX [Note: Septuagint.] Ahijah , 7 . 1 Chronicles 11:36 , one of David’s heroes, from Palon, an unknown locality: perhaps Giloh should be read, seeing that Palon has already been mentioned ( 1 Chronicles 11:27 ). 8 . 1 Chronicles 26:20 , a Levite, overseer of the Temple treasures. But we ought probably to substitute the words, ‘their brethren.’ 9 . Nehemiah 10:26 (RV [Note: Revised Version.] Ahiah ), a layman who joined Nehemiah in signing the covenant.

J. Taylor.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Ahijah'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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