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Also Maacah his grandmother he removed from being queen-mother because she had made an abominable image for an Asherah; and Asa cut down her image and burned it at the brook Kidron. Bible

“grandmother.” The Hebrew text is “mother,” but “father” and “mother” were also used for grandparents and ancestors. We replaced “mother” with “grandmother” in this verse for clarity.

“queen-mother.” The Hebrew word translated “queen-mother” is gebereth (#01404 גְּבֶרֶת), and in this context the “queen-mother” is the mother of the king (BDAG Hebrew-English lexicon). The Queen-mother was the most powerful woman in the kingdom, much more powerful than any of the wives of the king, who often did not have much real power at all.


Commentary for: 1 Kings 15:13