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For the medieval chronicler, see Ahimaaz ben Paltiel.

Ahimaaz, "brother of anger", "irascible" in Hebrew.

(1.) The father of Ahinoam, the wife of Saul (1 Sam. 14:50).

(2.) The son and successor of Zadok in the office of high priest (1 Chr. 6:8, 53). On the occasion of the revolt of Absalom he remained faithful to David, and was of service to him in conveying to him tidings of the proceedings of Absalom in Jerusalem (2 Sam. 15:24-37; 17:15-21). He was swift of foot, and was the first to carry to David tidings of the defeat of Absalom, although he refrained, from delicacy of feeling, from telling him of his death (2 Sam. 18:19-33).

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(3.) A man of Solomon's court. (1 Kings 4:7,15) He was married to Basemath, daughter of Solomon. Some suggest that he may have been the same as nr. 2.

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This entry incorporates text from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897.

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