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Absalom
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
David’s third son, born at Hebron by Maacah (2 Sam 3:2, 3). Murdered his half-brother Amnon. Rebelled and attempted to usurp David. Referred to as Abishalom in 1 Kgs 15:2, 10. Absalom is described as a handsome man without any blemish, with astonishingly thick hair (2 Sam 14:25–26). Killed by Joab, commander of David’s army, and his armor bearers.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Absalom, Son of David
Absalom, Son of David (אַבְשָׁלוֹם‎, avshalom; אַבִישָׁלוֹם‎, avishalom). David’s third son, born at Hebron by Maacah (2 Sam 3:2, 3). Murdered his half-brother Amnon. Rebelled and attempted to usurp David. Referred to as Abishalom in 1 Kgs 15:2, 10. Absalom is described as a handsome man without any blemish,
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Absalom (Person)
ABSALOM (PERSON) [Heb ʾabšālōm (אַבְשָׁלֹם)]. Var. ABISHALOM.1. Third son of David. His mother was a foreigner, MAACAH, daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur (2 Sam 3:3; 1 Chr 3:2). He was one of six sons born to David at Hebron by six different wives. He was at the center of a long-running series of
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Absalom
Absalom. Son of King David and his wife Maacah (2 Sm 3:3). The name is also spelled Abishalom (1 Kgs 15:2, 10). Absalom was a handsome young prince who was noted for his long, full hair (2 Sm 14:25, 26). He had a beautiful sister, Tamar, who was raped by their half brother, Amnon. After dishonoring Tamar,
Abishalom
Abishalom. Alternate name for Absalom, King David’s son, in 1 Kings 15:2, 10.See Absalom.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Absalom (son of David)
1. [Heb. ’aḇšālôm—‘father is (or ‘of’) peace’]; also ABISHALOM ə-bishʹə-ləm [Heb. aḇîšālôm] (1 K. 15:2, 10). David’s third son by Maacah daughter of Talmai king of Geshur (a small country between Hermon and Bashan). Absalom was born at Hebron (2 S. 3:3), and moved at an early age, with the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Absalom
ABSALOM Son of King David and his wife Maacah (2 Sm 3:3). The name is also spelled Abishalom (1 Kgs 15:2, 10). Absalom was a handsome young prince who was noted for his long, full hair (2 Sm 14:25–26). He had a beautiful sister, Tamar, who was raped by their half brother Amnon. After dishonoring Tamar,
Abishalom
ABISHALOM* Alternate name for Absalom, King David’s son, in 1 Kings 15:2, 10. See Absalom.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Absalom
Absalom (ab´suh-luhm).1 One of the sons of David who led a rebellion against his father. Because he was handsome and ambitious, Absalom was the most conspicuous of David’s sons; his mother was Maacah, princess of the neighboring vassal state of Geshur. The story of Absalom is told in 2 Sam. 13–20. When
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Absalom
ABSALOM. David’s third son, born to Maacah the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur, at Hebron (2 Sam 3:2–3; 1 Chr 3:1–2). The author of the book in which the Absalom narratives occur (2 Sam 13–19) is primarily concerned with the Lord’s righteous acts in the formative years of the Davidic dynasty. For
Abishalom
ABISHALOM. This is the fuller form found in (1 Kgs 15:2; 2 Chr 11:20) of the more common name Absalom (q.v.).
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Absalom
ABSALOM (Heb. ’aḇšālôm, ‘father is/of peace’). 1. Third son of David, with a foreign mother, Maacah, daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur (2 Sa. 3:3). His personal comeliness was shared by Tamar, his sister, and was the cause of her being violated by Amnon, David’s first-born son by another mother
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Absalom
Absalom (Heb. ʾaḇšālōm; Gk. Apsalōmos, Abessalōm) (also ABISHALOM)1. The third son of David, born to Maacah, daughter of Talmai king of Geshur (2 Sam. 3:3 = 1 Chr. 3:2); presumably an ancestor of Maacah the wife of Rehoboam and mother of Abijam (1 Kgs. 15:2, Abishalom). Absalom plays a major role
Abishalom
Abishalom (Heb. ʾăḇɩ̂šālôm)An alternate rendering of the name Absalom (1 Kgs. 15:2, 10).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Absalom
Absalom [ăbˊsə ləm] (Heb. ˒abšālôm “father is [or “of”] peace”). The third son of David and Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur in northern Syria (2 Sam. 3:3 par. 1 Chr. 3:2). He was born at Hebron and grew up to be a very handsome man (2 Sam. 14:25–26). At 1 Kgs. 15:2, 10 he is called
Abishalom
Abishalom [ə bĭshˊə ləm] (Heb. ˒aḇîšālôm). An alternate rendering of the name Absalom (1 Kgs. 15:2, 10).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Absalom
ABSALOM (Hebrew, “the father is peace”) The third son of David; his mother was the foreigner Maacah, daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur (2 Sam 3:3; 1 Chr 3:2). When Absalom’s full sister, Tamar, was raped by his half brother Amnon (2 Sam 13), Absalom planned and achieved bloody revenge by luring Amnon
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Absalom
Ab´salom (father of peace), third son of David by Maachah, daughter of Talmai king of Geshur, a Syrian district adjoining the northeast frontier of the Holy Land. (Born b.c. 1050.) Absalom had a sister, Tamar, who was violated by her half-brother Amnon. The natural avenger of such an outrage would be
Abishalom
Abish´alom (father of peace), father or grandfather of Maachah, who was the wife of Rehoboam and mother of Abijah. 1 Kings 15:2, 10. He is called Absalom in 2 Chron. 11:20, 21. This person must be David’s son. See LXX; 2 Sam. 14:27.
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