REKEM (rĕ'kĕm, Heb. reqem, friendship)
A king of Midian who was executed by order of the Lord (Num.31.1-Num.31.8). He is called a prince in Josh.13.21.A city belonging to Benjamin (Josh.18.27), the location now unknown.A son of Hebron, and the father of Shammai of the tribe of Judah (1Chr.2.42-1Chr.2.44).
REKEM re’ kəm
; LXX ̔Ροκομ
, meaning friendship
). 1. One of five Midianite kings killed by the Israelites in a battle on the plains of Moab (Num 31:8
; Josh 13:21
). According to Numbers 31
, Moses was commanded by God to exact vengeance on the Midianites. Previously the Midianites had enticed Israel into worshiping Baal of Peor, and Zimri had taken Cozbi, the daughter of a Midianite king, to his family’s house (Num 25
). Rekem is named as one of five kings of Midian who were prob. vassals of Sihon, the Amorite king (Josh 13:21
). Apparently Sihon had taken possession of the area of Moab and made the Midianite tribes residing in Moab subject to him.
2. A descendant of Caleb; son of Hebron and the father of Shammai (1 Chron 2:43, 44).
3. One of several cities within the territory given by Joshua to the tribe of Benjamin (Josh 18:27). Its location is still uncertain.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
(2) Eponym of a Calebite family (1Ch 2:43 (Rhekom). Probably a town in Southern Judah. A town of this name is given as belonging to Benjamin (Jos 18:27).
(3) A city of Benjamin, mentioned with Irpeel and Taralah (Jos 18:27); the site is unknown.
See also RAKEM.
Horace J. Wolf