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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  father  (i.e.,  "possessor  or  worshipper")  of  Jehovah.  (1.)  1  Chr. 
  7:8.  (2.)  1  Chr.  2:24. 
  (3.)  The  second  son  of  Samuel  (1  Sam.  8:2;  1  Chr.  6:28).  His 
  conduct,  along  with  that  of  his  brother,  as  a  judge  in 
  Beer-sheba,  to  which  office  his  father  had  appointed  him  led  to 
  popular  discontent,  and  ultimately  provoked  the  people  to  demand 
  a  royal  form  of  government. 
  (4.)  A  descendant  of  Eleazar,  the  son  of  Aaron,  a  chief  of  one 
  of  the  twenty-four  orders  into  which  the  priesthood  was  divided 
  by  David  (1  Chr.  24:10).  The  order  of  Abijah  was  one  of  those 
  which  did  not  return  from  the  Captivity  (Ezra  2:36-39;  Neh. 
  7:39-42;  12:1). 
  (5.)  The  son  of  Rehoboam,  whom  he  succeeded  on  the  throne  of 
  Judah  (1  Chr.  3:10).  He  is  also  called  Abijam  (1  Kings  14:31; 
  15:1-8).  He  began  his  three  years'  reign  (2  Chr.  12:16;  13:1,2) 
  with  a  strenuous  but  unsuccessful  effort  to  bring  back  the  ten 
  tribes  to  their  allegiance.  His  address  to  "Jeroboam  and  all 
  Israel,"  before  encountering  them  in  battle,  is  worthy  of  being 
  specially  noticed  (2  Chr.  13:5-12).  It  was  a  very  bloody  battle, 
  no  fewer  than  500,000  of  the  army  of  Israel  having  perished  on 
  the  field.  He  is  described  as  having  walked  "in  all  the  sins  of 
  his  father"  (1  Kings  15:3;  2  Chr.  11:20-22).  It  is  said  in  1 
  Kings  15:2  that  "his  mother's  name  was  Maachah,  the  daughter  of 
  Abishalom;"  but  in  2  Chr.  13:2  we  read,  "his  mother's  name  was 
  Michaiah,  the  daughter  of  Uriel  of  Gibeah."  The  explanation  is 
  that  Maachah  is  just  a  variation  of  the  name  Michaiah,  and  that 
  Abishalom  is  probably  the  same  as  Absalom,  the  son  of  David.  It 
  is  probable  that  "Uriel  of  Gibeah"  married  Tamar,  the  daughter 
  of  Absalom  (2  Sam.  14:27),  and  by  her  had  Maachah.  The  word 
  daughter"  in  1  Kings  15:2  will  thus  as  it  frequently  elsewhere 
  does  mean  grand-daughter. 
  (6.)  A  son  of  Jeroboam,  the  first  king  of  Israel.  On  account 
  of  his  severe  illness  when  a  youth,  his  father  sent  his  wife  to 
  consult  the  prophet  Ahijah  regarding  his  recovery.  The  prophet, 
  though  blind  with  old  age,  knew  the  wife  of  Jeroboam  as  soon  as 
  she  approached,  and  under  a  divine  impulse  he  announced  to  her 
  that  inasmuch  as  in  Abijah  alone  of  all  the  house  of  Jeroboam 
  there  was  found  "some  good  thing  toward  the  Lord,"  he  only  would 
  come  to  his  grave  in  peace.  As  his  mother  crossed  the  threshold 
  of  the  door  on  her  return,  the  youth  died,  and  "all  Israel 
  mourned  for  him"  (1  Kings  14:1-18). 
  (7.)  The  daughter  of  Zechariah  (2  Chr.  29:1;  comp.  Isa.  8:2), 
  and  afterwards  the  wife  of  Ahaz.  She  is  also  called  Abi  (2  Kings 
  (8.)  One  of  the  sons  of  Becher,  the  son  of  Benjamin  (1  Chr. 
  7:8).  "Abiah,"  A.V. 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Abijah,  the  Lord  is  my  father