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Cousin of King Saul and commander of Saul’s army (1 Sam 14:50–51). Assassinated by Joab (2 Sam 3:1–39) in retaliation for the death of Asahel, Joab’s brother (2 Sam 2:18–32).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ABNER (PERSON) [Heb ʾabner (אַבְנֶר)] Var. ABINER. The son of NER and cousin of Saul ben Kish. The name means “father is Ner” or “father is a lamp.” The variant form “Abiner” means “my father is Ner”; “my father is a lamp.” Abner served as commander of the first national Israelite army during the reigns
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Abner. Ner’s son and Saul’s cousin. Abner was commander of Saul’s army (1 Sm 14:51; 17:55). Highly respected by Saul, he even ate at the king’s table together with David and Jonathan (1 Sm 20:25).Five years after Saul’s death, Abner made Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, king over Israel (2 Sm 2:8, 9). War between
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ABNER Ner’s son and Saul’s cousin. Abner was commander of Saul’s army (1 Sm 14:50; 17:55). Highly respected by Saul, he even ate at the king’s table together with David and Jonathan (1 Sm 20:25).Five years after Saul’s death, Abner made Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, king over Israel (2 Sm 2:8–9). War between
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Abner (ab´nuhr), the son of Ner, grandson of Abiel, cousin of Saul, and Saul’s army commander (1 Sam. 14:50–51). After the Philistine defeat of Israel at Mount Gilboa, Abner kept the remnant of Saul’s kingdom together, ostensibly in the service of Ishbaal, Saul’s son (2 Sam. 2:8–9). Abner led operations
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ABNER. A cousin of Saul and commander of Israel’s army (1 Sam 14:50–51; 17:55). He occupied the place of honor at feasts and was Saul’s bodyguard during the desert campaign against David (1 Sam 20:25; 26:5–15). After the death of Saul and Jonathan, Abner became leader of Israel and made Ishbosheth king,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ABNER (Hebrew, possibly “father is a lamp”) The son of Ner and a cousin of King Saul. He served as commander of Saul’s army (1 Sam 14:50–51), although there is little information on his activities. It is known that he waged a war against the Philistines (1 Sam 17:55–57), a campaign against David (1 Sam
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ab´ner (father of light).1. Son of Ner, who was the brother of Kish, 1 Chron. 9:36, the father of Saul. (b.c. 1063.) Abner, therefore, was Saul’s first cousin, and was made by him commander-in-chief of his army. 1 Sam. 14:51; 17:57; 26:5–14. After the death of Saul David was proclaimed king of Judah;