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Holman Bible Dictionary
(ab' nuhr) Personal name meaning, “father is a lamp.” The chief military officer for King Saul and Saul's uncle (1 Samuel 14:50
). At Saul's death, he supported Ish-bosheth, Saul's son (2 Samuel 2:8
) until Ish-bosheth accused him of treason for taking one of Saul's concubines (2 Samuel 3:7-8
). Abner transferred loyalty to David. Joab, David's general, went into a jealous rage when David welcomed Abner. Joab then killed Abner, who was buried in Hebron (2 Samuel 3:1
). See 1 Samuel 17:55-58
; 1 Samuel 20:25
; 1Samuel 26:5,1 Samuel 26:14-15
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Abner'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/a/abner.html. 1991.