Naamah (wife of Solomon)

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Depiction by Giovanni Battista Venanzi of King Solomon being led astray into idolatry in his old age by his wives, 1668.

Naamah (Hebrew: נַעֲמָה‎, romanizedNa'amah, lit. 'pleasant; lovely') was one of the 700 wives and concubines of King Solomon and mother of his heir, Rehoboam, according to both 1 Kings 14:21-31, and 2 Chronicles 12:13 in the Hebrew Bible.[1] She was an Ammonite, and the only one of all the Queen Mothers of Israel or Judah who was a foreigner.[2] She was also the only one of Solomon's wives to be mentioned, within the Hebrew Bible, as having borne a child.

Naamah is mentioned in Bava Kamma 38b Moses had previously been warned by God not to make war upon the Ammonites, Molech worshippers, Naamah was to descend from them.[3]

Namaah was the daughter of Lamech in Genesis, and in Rabbinic literature is said to be the wife of Noah.

In Literature[edit]

Literature[edit]

Naamah, a princess of Ammon, (part of present day Jordan) who arrives in Jerusalem at age fourteen to marry King Solomon and of all his wives becomes the mother of his dynasty, is the narrator of Aryeh Lev Stollman's novel published by Aryeh Nir/Modan (Tel Aviv) in Hebrew translation under the title Divrei Y'mai Naamah (דברי ימי נעמה).

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1 Kings 14:21 and 2 Chronicles 12:13
  2. ^ Berlyn, P. J. (1996). "The Great Ladies". Jewish Bible Quarterly. 24 (1): 28.
  3. ^ "The Jewish Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2007-08-05.