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(ab' ih sshag) Personal name meaning, “my father strayed” or “is a wanderer.” A young virgin or “maiden” (RSV) brought to David's bed in his last days to keep him warm (1 Kings 1:1-4 ). They had no sexual relations, but Solomon considered her David's wife when his brother Adonijah asked to marry her after David's death (1 Kings 2:17 ). Solomon interpreted the request as a step toward becoming king and had Adonijah executed (1 Kings 2:23-25 ). Abishag was from Shunem, a city guarding the Jezreel Valley.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Abishag'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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