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- For the bark beetle genus, see Amasa (beetle). Amasa - burden. A son of Abigail, who was sister to King David and Zeruiah, the mother of Joab. Hence, Amasa was a nephew to David, a cousin to Joab, as well as a cousin to Absalom. Absalom, David's mutinous son, revolted and won over the tribes of Israel. He appointed Amasa over the army, in effect replacing Joab, who had been general for his father David.