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Abigail

Abigail [N] [H] [S]

father (i.e., "leader") of the dance, or "of joy."

  • The sister of David, and wife of Jether an Ishmaelite ( 1 Chronicles 2:16 1 Chronicles 2:17 ). She was the mother of Amasa ( 2 Samuel 17:25 ).

  • The wife of the churlish Nabal, who dwelt in the district of Carmel ( 1 Samuel 25:3 ). She showed great prudence and delicate management at a critical period of her husband's life. She was "a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance." After Nabal's death she became the wife of David ( 1 Samuel 25:14-42 ), and was his companion in all his future fortunes ( 1 Samuel 27:3 ; 30:5 ; 2 Sam 2:2 ). By her David had a son called Chileab ( 2 Samuel 3:3 ), elsewhere called Daniel ( 1 Chronicles 3:1 ).

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Abigail". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Abigail [N] [E] [S]

    the father\'s joy
    Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Abigail'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

    Abigail [N] [E] [H]

    (father, i.e. source, of joy ).

    1. The beautiful wife of Nabal, a wealthy owner of goats and sheep in Carmel. (B.C. 1060.) When Davids messengers were slighted by Nabal, Abigail supplies David and his followers with provisions, and succeeded in appeasing his anger. The days after this Nabal died, and David sent for Abigail and made her his wife. ( 1 Samuel 25:14 ) etc. By her he had a son, called Chileab in ( 2 Samuel 3:3 ) but Daniel in ( 1 Chronicles 3:1 )
    2. A sister of David, married to Jether the Ishmaelite , and mother, by him , of Amasa. ( 1 Chronicles 2:17 ) In ( 2 Samuel 17:25 ) for Israelite read Ishmaelite. (B.C. 1068.)

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
    [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

    Bibliography Information

    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Abigail'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.