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Abishag
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A beautiful woman from Shunem who became David’s nurse in the last days of his life. After David’s death, Adonijah wanted to marry Abishag. He persuaded Bathsheba to advocate for him before the king. Solomon suspected this request to be an aspiration for the throne, and put Adonijah to death (1 Kgs 2:17–25).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Abishag the Shunemite
Abishag the Shunammite (אֲבִישַׁג‎, avishag). A beautiful woman from Shunem who became David’s nurse in the last days of his life. After David’s death, Adonijah wanted to marry Abishag. He persuaded Bathsheba to advocate for him before the king. Solomon suspected this request to be an aspiration for the
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Abishag (Person)
ABISHAG (PERSON) [Heb ʾăbı̂šag (אֲבִישַׁג)]. A beautiful young woman from Shunem whose parents are unknown (1 Kgs 1:1–4). Her name, with the epithet “the Shunammite,” occurs five times in the succession narrative in 1 Kgs 1–2 (1:3, 15; 2:17, 21, 22). Seeking a young maiden to attend the ailing king,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Abishag
Abishag. Beautiful young woman from Shunem who was appointed to care for David during his last days (1 Kgs 1:1–4). After David’s death, Adonijah asked permission from his half brother, King Solomon, to marry Abishag. In the ancient Near East, to claim the concubine of a deceased king was to claim the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Abishag
Abishag abʹə-shag, ə-b:ʹshag [Heb. aḇîšag̱—‘father of error,’ i.e., ‘cause of wandering’]. The woman of Shunem (the modern Sôlem, a village 6 mi (10 km) E of Megiddo in the valley of Esdraelon) who became David’s nurse (1 K. 1:1–4, 15; 2:17, 21f).Abishag was a very beautiful virgin whose duty
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Abishag
ABISHAG Beautiful young woman from Shunem who was appointed to care for David during his last days (1 Kgs 1:1–4). After David’s death, Adonijah asked permission from his half brother King Solomon to marry Abishag. In the ancient Near East, to claim the concubine of a deceased king was to claim the throne.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Abishag
Abishag (ab´uh-shag), a Shunamite virgin brought to sleep with King David when he was dying in order to keep him warm at night (1 Kings 1:4, 15). Although David did not have sexual relations with her (1:4), Solomon chose to view her as one of David’s wives; when Adonijah requested to marry her, Solomon
Shunammite
Shunammite (shoo´nuh-mit), a native of the town of Shunem.1 Abishag, who nursed David in his old age (1 Kings 1:3). See also Abishag.2 A woman whose dead son was revived by Elisha (2 Kings 4:8–37). See also Elisha.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Abishag
ABISHAG. According to (1 Kgs 1:4), this was an exceedingly beautiful unmarried young woman (Heb. na˓arâ btulâ) who cared for King David in his old age. Though one of her duties, in the words of the king’s servants, was to be “in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat” (1 Kgs 1:2), there can
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Abishag
ABISHAG (Heb. ’aḇîsaḡ; possibly, ‘father has wandered’). A beautiful *Shunammite girl brought to David to nurse him in his old age. After he died, Adonijah, his eldest son, wished to marry her, but Solomon, seeing this as an attempt to gain the throne, since apparently a king’s harem were inherited
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Abishag
Abishag (Heb. ʾăḇɩ̂šag̱)The Shunammite virgin who attended to the aged King David (1 Kgs. 1:4, 15). That David had no sexual relations with Abishag is sometimes interpreted as an indication of the king’s inability to govern. The Talmud, however, notes that David did not make Abishag his wife because
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Abishag
Abishag [ăbˊə shăg] (Heb. ˒aḇîšag̱, possibly “my father is a wanderer”). A beautiful virgin chosen to be David’s nurse in his old age. Though she was to lie against him to give him warmth, the king had no sexual relations with her (1 Kgs. 1:1–4).After David’s death his son Adonijah desired Abishag
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Abishag
ABISHAG A young Shunammite woman who ministered to King David in his old age (1 Kgs 1:4, 15). Although she slept with David to keep him warm, she did not have sexual relations with him. Nevertheless, Solomon considered her to be one of David’s harem. When Adonijah asked to marry Abishag, Solomon saw
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Abishag
Ab´ishag, a beautiful Shunammite (from Shunem, in the tribe of Issachar), taken into David’s harem to comfort him in his extreme old age. 1 Kings 1:1–4.
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