Ahinoam

Ahinoam [N] [H] [S]

brother of pleasantness = pleasant.

  • The daughter of Ahimaaz, and wife of Saul ( 1 Samuel 14:50 ).

  • A Jezreelitess, the first wife of David ( 1 Samuel 25:43 ; 27:3 ). She was the mother of Amnon ( 2 Samuel 3:2 ). (See 1 Samuel 30:5 1 Samuel 30:18 ; 2 Sam 2:2 .)

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

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    Bibliography Information

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

  • Ahinoam [N] [E] [S]

    beauty of the brother; brother of motion
    Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

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

    AHINOAM

    a-hi-no'-am, a-hin'-o-am ('achino`am, "my brother is pleasantness"):

    (1) Daughter of Ahimaaz, and wife of King Saul (1 Samuel 14:50).

    (2) The woman from Jezreel whom David married after Saul gave Michal to another husband. She and Abigail, the widow of Nabal, seem to have been David's only wives prior to the beginning of his reign in Hebron. His marriage to Abigail is mentioned first, with some details, followed by the statement, easily to be understood in the pluperfect, that he had previously married Ahinoam (1 Samuel 25:39-44). Three times they are mentioned together, Ahinoam always first (1 Samuel 27:3; 30:5; 2 Samuel 2:2), and Ahinoam is the mother of David's first son and Abigail of his second (2 Samuel 3:2; 1 Chronicles 3:1). Ahinoam's son was Amnon. The record really represents David's polygamy as a series of bids for political influence; the names of Amnon, Absalom, Adonijah suggest that the method was not finally a success.

    Willis J. Beecher


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    Bibliography Information
    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'AHINOAM'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.