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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Absalom
Absalom is a son of Israel's king David with Maacah (2 Samuel 3:3). His half-brother Ammon, son of Ahinoam, rapes Absolom's full sister Tamar and Absolom has him killed (2 Samuel 13:28). He rebels against the king and manages to take Jerusalem (15:37), also because the whole city was empty (v17), except perhaps for David's concubines (16:21). Absalom is killed by David's general Joab (2 Samuel 18).
The name Absalom is a compilation of two elements:
1) The common Hebrew word (ab), meaning basically father (see Abba), but with applications beyond the contemporary use of father. Many times `ab is used as counselor or judge (Genesis 45:8; 2 Kings 2:12). Abi (with yod) appears frequently in connection with names of places to express the lord of a country, city or village.
2) The famous Hebrew word (shalom), peace. The root of this word, (shalem), denotes completeness, wholeness and soundness.
The name Absalom means The Father Of Peace according to the NOBS Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names. BDB Theological Dictionary reads My Father Is Peace.
Other names that derive from the root shalem are:
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