🔼The name Abishalom: Summary
- Father Of Peace, My Father Is Peace
- From (1) the noun אב ('ab), father, and (2) the noun שלום (shalom), peace.
🔼The name Abishalom in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Abishalom
The name Abishalom consists of two elements. The first part consists of the word אב ('ab), meaning father:
The noun אב ('ab) means father, but describes primarily a social relationship rather than a biological one. That social fatherhood was the defining quality of the community's alpha male, the one around whom all economy revolved and from whom emanated all instructions by which the 'sons' (בן, ben) operated. It's unclear where this word אב ('ab) comes from but the verb abu means to decide.
The letter י (yod) forms the possessive form אבי (abi), which means my father, or father of depending on the context.
The second part of the name Abishalom comes from the familiar Hebrew word שלום (shalom), meaning peace, which in turn comes from the verb שלם (shalem), meaning to be complete or sound:
The verb שלם (shalem) means to be or make whole or complete, and is also used to describe a righteous recompense or proper restitution (whether positive or not). The familiar noun שלום (shalom) means wholeness, completeness or peace.
Other derivatives are: noun שלם (shelem), peace offering; verb שלם (shalam), to be in a covenant of peace; adjective שלם (shalem), perfect, whole, complete, safe; noun שלם (shillem), recompense; nouns שלמן (shalmon), שלום (shillum), שלם (shillum) and שלמה (shilluma), reward or proper recompense.
For a meaning of the name Abishalom, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Father Of Peace. BDB Theological Dictionary has My Father Is Peace.