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Who was Absalom?
The definition and outline of Absalom is as follows: According to
the Old Testament Absalom or Avshalom was the third son of
David, King of Israel with Maachah,
daughter of Talmai, King of Geshur.
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Absalom was noted for his personal beauty and for
the extra-ordinary profusion of the hair of his head (2 Samuel
14:25,26). The first public act of his life was the blood-revenge he
executed against Amnon, David's eldest son, who had basely wronged
Absalom's sister Tamar. This revenge was executed at the time of the
festivities connected with a great sheep-shearing at Baal-hazor.
David's other sons fled from the place in horror, and brought the
tidings of the death of Amnon to Jerusalem. Alarmed for the
consequences of the act, Absalom fled to his grandfather at Geshur,
and there abode for three years (2 Samuel 3:3; 13:23-38).
David mourned his absent son, now branded with the guilt of
fratricide. As the result of a stratagem carried out by a woman of
Tekoah, Joab received David's sanction to invite Absalom back to
Jerusalem. He returned accordingly, but two years elapsed before his
father admitted him into his presence (2 Samuel 14:28). Absalom was
now probably the oldest surviving son of David, and as he was of
royal descent by his mother as well as by his father, he began to
aspire to the throne. His pretensions were favoured by the people.
By many arts he gained their affection; and after his return from
Geshur (2 Samuel 15:7; marg., RSV) he went up to Hebron, the old
capital of Judah, along with a great body of the people, and there
proclaimed himself king.
The revolt was so successful that David found it
necessary to quit Jerusalem and flee to Mahanaim, beyond Jordan;
where upon Absalom returned to Jerusalem and took possession of the
throne without opposition. Ahithophel, who had been David's chief
counsellor, deserted him and joined Absalom, whose chief counsellor
he now became. Hushai also joined Absalom, but only for the purpose
of trying to counteract the counsels of Ahithophel, and so to
advantage David's cause. He was so far successful that by his
advice, which was preferred to that of Ahithophel, Absalom delayed
to march an army against his father, who thus gained time to prepare
for the defence.
Absalom at length marched out against his father, whose army, under
the command of Joab, he encountered on the borders of the forest of
Ephraim. Twenty thousand of Absalom's army were slain in that fatal
battle, and the rest fled. Absalom fled on a swift mule; but his
long flowing hair, or more probably his head, was caught in the
bough of an oak, and there he was left suspended till Joab came up
and pierced him through with three darts. His body was then taken
down and cast into a pit dug in the forest, and a heap of stones was
raised over his grave.
When the tidings of the result of that battle
were brought to David, as he sat impatiently at the gate of Mahanaim,
and he was told that Absalom had been slain, he gave way to the
bitter lamentation: "O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would
God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!" (2 Samuel
18:33. Compare Exodus 32:32; Romans 9:3).
Absalom's three sons (2 Samuel 14:27; comp 18:18) had all died
before him, so that he left only a daughter, Tamar, who became the
grandmother of Abijah.
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Matthew George Easton "Easton's Bible Dictionary" and Ashley S Johnson "Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia".
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