Tabeel

TABEEL, TABEAL (tā'bē-ĕl, tā'bē-ăl)

The father of one of the allied kings whom Rezin of Damascus and Pekah of Israel attempted to make their puppet king of Judah (Isa.7.6).An official in Samaria who complained to Artaxerxes about the activity of the Jews (Ezra.4.7).


TABEEL tăb’ ĭ əl (טָֽבְאַֽל, God is good). 1. The father of the man whom Rezin of Damascus and Pekah of Israel planned to place upon the throne of Judah as a puppet king in place of king Ahaz (Isa 7:6; KJV TABEAL).

2. A Pers. official in Samaria who joined with others in sending a letter to Artaxerxes I to hinder the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem (Ezra 4:7; 1 Esd 2:16; KJV, ASV TABELLINS).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

ta’-be-el: A name meaning "good is God," borne by two persons in the Old Testament (Isa 7:6, the King James Version, "Tabeal").

(1) The father of the man whom the kings of Israel and Damascus planned to place upon the throne of Judah (Isa 7:6). The form of the name Tabhe’el, suggests that he was a Syrian; his son evidently was a tool of Rezin, king of Damascus. The name is vocalized so as to read Tebeal (Tabhe’al), which might be translated "good for nothing," though some explain it as a pausal form, with the ordinary meaning. The change, probably due to a desire to express contempt, is very slight in Hebrew.

(2) A Persian official in Samaria (Tabhe’el) (Ezr 4:7). All that is known of him is that he joined with other officials in sending a letter to Artaxerxes for the purpose of hindering the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.