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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  Jehovah  is  his  father.  (1.)  One  of  the  three  sons  of  Zeruiah, 
  David's  sister,  and  "captain  of  the  host"  during  the  whole  of 
  David's  reign  (2  Sam.  2:13;  10:7;  11:1;  1  Kings  11:15).  His 
  father's  name  is  nowhere  mentioned,  although  his  sepulchre  at 
  Bethlehem  is  mentioned  (2  Sam.  2:32).  His  two  brothers  were 
  Abishai  and  Asahel,  the  swift  of  foot,  who  was  killed  by  Abner 
  (2  Sam.  2:13-32),  whom  Joab  afterwards  treacherously  murdered 
  (3:22-27).  He  afterwards  led  the  assault  at  the  storming  of  the 
  fortress  on  Mount  Zion,  and  for  this  service  was  raised  to  the 
  rank  of  "prince  of  the  king's  army"  (2  Sam.  5:6-10;  1  Chr. 
  27:34).  His  chief  military  achievements  were  (1)  against  the 
  allied  forces  of  Syria  and  Ammon;  (2)  against  Edom  (1  Kings 
  11:15,  16);  and  (3)  against  the  Ammonites  (2  Sam.  10:7-19;  11:1, 
  11).  His  character  is  deeply  stained  by  the  part  he  willingly 
  took  in  the  murder  of  Uriah  (11:14-25).  He  acted  apparently  from 
  a  sense  of  duty  in  putting  Absalom  to  death  (18:1-14).  David  was 
  unmindful  of  the  many  services  Joab  had  rendered  to  him  and 
  afterwards  gave  the  command  of  the  army  to  Amasa,  Joab's  cousin 
  (2  Sam.  20:1-13;  19:13).  When  David  was  dying  Joab  espoused  the 
  cause  of  Adonijah  in  preference  to  that  of  Solomon.  He  was 
  afterwards  slain  by  Benaiah,  by  the  command  of  Solomon,  in 
  accordance  with  his  father's  injunction  (2  Sam.  3:29;  20:5-13), 
  at  the  altar  to  which  he  had  fled  for  refuge.  Thus  this  hoary 
  conspirator  died  without  one  to  lift  up  a  voice  in  his  favour. 
  He  was  buried  in  his  own  property  in  the  "wilderness,"  probably 
  in  the  north-east  of  Jerusalem  (1  Kings  2:5,  28-34).  Benaiah 
  succeeded  him  as  commander-in-chief  of  the  army. 
  (2.)  1  Chr.  4:14. 
  (3.)  Ezra  2:6. 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Joab,  paternity;  voluntary