Abigails Story (Women of the Bible #4) by Ann BurtonThey were women of conviction and courage, whose stories inspire the faithful to this day.
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This is the story of Abigail...
To settle her brothers gambling debt, Abigail of Carmel convinces her boorish lord to marry her. Then exiled by him to the life of a shepherdess, she grows to love David, the warrior son of Jesse, who will come face-to-face with her husband in a senseless war-and destroy her hopes of peace.
Bible Theater: 1 Samuel - Abigail Makes Peace
Abigail , in the Old Testament , the wife of Nabal of southern Judah, on whose death she became one of the first wives of David 1 Samuel 25 and the mother of his son Chileab. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. See Article History.
The story of Abigail and David ranks almost as exciting and deceitful as that of David and his most famous wife , Bathsheba. The wife of a rich man when she met David, Abigail possessed beauty, intelligence, political shrewdness, and material wealth that helped David at a critical moment when he could have thrown away his chance at success.
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Derived from the Hebrew word ab, "father", and the Hebrew root g-y-l , "to rejoice," the name Abigail has a variety of possible meanings including "my father's joy" and "source of joy". In 1 Samuel 25, Nabal demonstrates ingratitude towards David, and Abigail attempts to placate David in order to stop the future King from taking revenge. She gives him food, and speaks to him, urging him not to "have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed" verse 31, NIV and reminding him that God will make him a " lasting dynasty " verse Jon Levenson calls this an "undeniable adumbration " of Nathan 's prophecy in 2 Samuel 7. After Abigail reveals to Nabal what she has done, "God struck Nabal and he died," v. Abigail is described as intelligent and beautiful. The Talmud amplifies this idea, mentioning her as being one of the "four women of surpassing beauty in the world," the other three being Rahab , Sarah , and Esther.