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Reference: Shavsha


SHAVSHA occurs in the list of David's officers in 1Ch 18:15 as 'scribe' (Revised Version margin 'secretary'), an office made necessary by the growth of the court and relations with other states. His name, and the fact of his father's not being mentioned, make it probable that he was a foreigner chosen to deal with foreign correspondence. His name was evidently unfamiliar; in the list of 2Sa 20:25 it appears as Sheva; in that of 2Sa 8:15-18 (otherwise identical with Ch.) Seraiah has been substituted; Septuagint varies greatly in all passages. It is generally held that Shavsha is correct. Apparently in Solomon's time he was succeeded by his sons (1Ki 4:3 Shisha being probably only another variation of the name).

C. W. Emmet.

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