Tekoah (tek-o'-ah, Hebrew: תְּק֫וֹעַ) is a modern-day city in Israel, most notably an ancient Judean city mentioned several times throughout the Bible. The city of Tekoa is east of the Dead Sea, with a population of 3,671 in 2015.
The name Tekoa derives from and is identifical to the Hebrew word for trumpet, תקוע (taqoa). This fact likely inspired the verse from the Book of Jeremiah, "... Now blow a trumpet in Tekoa..." (Jeremiah 6:1).
The city of Tekoa was re-settled in 1975, and in 2015 had a population of over 3,600 residents. The modern settlement is both Israeli and Jewish. In 2001, two young Israeli boys were killed by Palestinian militants.
The ancient Judean city is mentioned a few times throughout the Bible. According to the Book of Nehemiah, the people of Tekoa are known as Tekoites. Some of the biblical passages that include a reference to Tekoa include the following;
Jeremiah 6:1: “Flee for safety, O sons of Benjamin, From the midst of Jerusalem! Now blow a trumpet in Tekoa And raise a signal over Beth-haccerem; For evil looks down from the north, And a great destruction.
2 Chronicles 20:20: They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”
2 Samuel 14:2: So Joab sent to Tekoa and brought a wise woman from there and said to her, “Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning garments now, and do not anoint yourself with oil, but be like a woman who has been mourning for the dead many days;