What does AMASA stand for?
What does AMASA mean? This page is about the various possible meanings of the acronym, abbreviation, shorthand or slang term: AMASA.
What does AMASA mean?
- Amasa is a person in the Hebrew Bible. He was the son of Abigail, who was sister to King David and Zeruiah, the mother of Joab. Hence, Amasa was a nephew to David, a cousin to Joab, as well as a cousin to Absalom. Absalom, David's mutinous son, revolted and won over the tribes of Israel. He appointed Amasa over the army, in effect replacing Joab, who had been general for Absalom's father David. After the revolt was crushed, David held out an olive branch to Amasa by offering to appoint Amasa as his new army commander. While being fiercely loyal to David, Joab was also suspicious of any potential rivals for Joab's power or threats to David's kingdom, and had no qualms about taking the lives of any who might stand in his way. So it was not difficult for Joab to also decide to murder Amasa. Joab's own justification for killing Amasa may have been because he believed Amasa to be conspiring with Sheba the Benjamite, due to Amasa's slowness to mobilize the army against Sheba's rebels.