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

“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: 2 Chronicles 15:16