absalom defined in 1939 yearabsalom - Absalom;
absalom - Third and favourite son of King David (O.T.). His mother was Maacah, daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur. As described in 2 Sam. 13-18, he wras renowned for personal beauty and reckless ambition. Absalom's unfilial conduct was David's punishment for his sin with Bath-sheba. Absalom's sister Tamar having been wronged by her half-brother Amnon, Absalom compassed Amnon's death. Exiled by David, he rewarded his father's forgiveness by raising a revolt, in which he was joined by Ahithophel, Bath-she ba's grandfather.
David fled beyond the Jordan, and Absalom, entering Jerusalem, took possession of David's harem. But at the instigation of David's friend Hushai, Absalom's army was routed in the wood of Ephraim. Fleeing on a mule, Absalom was caught by the head in the boughs of a great oak. and there killed by Joab against David's express orders. David's grief - expressed in the words: O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom ! Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son. my son - wras met by Joab's rebuke that David loved his enemies and hated his friends. The so-called Tomb of Absalom near Jerusalem seems to belong to the Greco-Roman period.
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