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Queens of the Bible
Hebrew: מַלְכָּה —transliteration: malkah —meaning: queen —a feminine form of melek (king)
Hebrew: מְלֶכֶת —transliteration: meleketh —meaning: queen —a feminine form of melek (king)
Hebrew: שֵׁגָל —transliteration: shegal —meaning: (queen) consort
Hebrew: גְּבִירָה —transliteration: gebirah —meaning: lady or queen / This is the feminine form of gebir ( גְּבִיר ) which means “lord.”
Hebrew: גְּבֶרֶת —transliteration: gebereth —meaning: lady, queen, mistress / originates from the word from gabar ( גָּבַר ) —meaning: strong or mighty
No explicit mention of queens is made in Scripture till we read of the “queen of Sheba.” The wives of the kings of Israel are not called queens. In Psalm 45:9, the Hebrew for “queen” is not malkah, one actually ruling like the Queen of Sheba, but shegal, which simply means the king's wife.
In 1 Kings 11:19, Pharaoh's wife is called “the queen,” but the Hebrew word so rendered (g'birah or gebirah is simply a title of honor, denoting a royal lady, used sometimes for “queen-mother” (1 Kings 15:13; 2 Chron. 15:16).
Queens mentioned in Scripture