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From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 Joab
    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)

 Joab, paternity; voluntary