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Also Maacah his mother he removed from being queen-mother because she had made a horrid thing as an Asherah; and Asa cut down her horrid thing and burned it at the brook Kidron. Bible other translations

“mother.” The Hebrew text is “mother,” but “father” and “mother” were also used for grandparents and ancestors.

“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 (BDB Hebrew and 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