🔼The name Ish-bosheth in the Bible
The name Ish-bosheth belongs to one of the sons of Saul, and who was probably the same as Eshbaal. Upon the death of Saul and Jonathan in the battle of Mount Gilboa, the men of Judah anointed David as king over Judah but Saul's military commander Abner anointed Ish-bosheth king over Israel (2 Samuel 2:8-10). This obviously led to a standing conflict during which David's house (captained by Joab) grew stronger and Ish-bosheth's house grew weaker (2 Samuel 3:1).
Despite the deterioration of his king's realm (or possibly because of it), commander Abner grew stronger and at one point openly defied Ish-bosheth (particularly in regard Rizpah, Saul's former concubine). Ish-bosheth became afraid of Abner and rightly so as Abner began secret dealings with David. Just as David and Abner secretly agreed that Abner should depose Ish-bosheth and gather Israel to David, Joab learned that Abner had been seeing David and decided that only killing Abner would guarantee the safety of his monarch.
With Abner dead, Ish-bosheth lost heart and by the hands of Baanah and Rechab, the sons of Rimmon, also his head (2 Samuel 4:6-7), and for the first time all tribes united and submitted to David in peace.
Our name is spelled with a maqqep, or hyphen, except in 2 Samuel 2:8, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:5 (איש בשת).
🔼Etymology of the name Ish-bosheth
The name Ish-bosheth consists of two elements. The first element is the common Hebrew noun איש ('ish), meaning man:
The second part of our name is the noun בשת (boshet), meaning shame:
For a meaning of the name Ish-bosheth, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Man Of Shame. BDB Theological Dictionary doesn't translate this name but does mention it under the noun בשת (boshet).