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Abishag, Bathsheba, Solomon, and Nathan tend to the aging David, c. 1435

According to the Bible, Abishag (Hebrew אבישג) was a young woman of Shunem, distinguished for her beauty. She was chosen to be a helper and servant to David in his old age. Among Abishag's jobs was to lie next to David and keep him warm; however, David did not have sexual relations with her (1 Kings 1:4b) due to the fact that he already had eighteen wives (the maximum amount of wives allowed to a Jewish king). After David's death Adonijah persuaded Bathsheba, Solomon's mother, to entreat the king to permit him to marry Abishag. Solomon suspected in this request an aspiration to the throne, and therefore caused him to be put to death (1 Kings 2:17-25). It is possible that Abishag became one of Solomon's wives, as part of his heritage. Some point to the possibility that Abishag is the female protagonist in the Song of Songs.

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This article incorporates text from the entry Abishag in Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897), a publication now in the public domain.


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Father of (i.e., "given to") error, a young woman of Shunem, distinguished for her beauty. She was chosen to minister to David in his old age. She became his wife (1 Kg 1:3, 1 Kg 1:15). After David's death Adonijah persuaded Bathsheba, Solomon's mother, to entreat the king to permit him to marry Abishag. Solomon suspected in this request an aspiration to the throne, and therefore caused him to be put to death (1 Kg 2:17).

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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