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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Hebrew only in the plur. Machavim', מִחֲיַים, reviving; Sept. Μαωείν v. r. Μαωϊ v,Vulg. Mahumites, Auth.Vers. "Mahavite;" probably by erroneous transcription for the sing. מִחֲוַי ), apparently a patrial attribute of Eliel, one of David's body-guard (1 Chronicles 11:46); but no place or person Mahavah or Mahavai is anywhere else alluded to from which the title could have been derived. There is doubtless some corruption in the text. "The Targum has דְמַן מִחֲוָוא, from Machavua.' Kennicott (Dissert. p.231) conjectures that originally the Hebrew may have stood מהחוים, from the Hivites.' Others have proposed to insert an N and read the Mahanaimite' (Furst, Handwb. p. 721 a; Bertheau, Chronik. p. 136)."

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Mahavite'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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