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According to the Bible, Absalom or Avshalom (Hebrew: אַבְשָלוֹם, Modern Avshalom Tiberian ʼAḇšālôm ; "Father/Leader of/is peace" or "Salem is my Father") was the third son of David, King of Israel with Maachah, daughter of Talmai, King of Geshur. (1 Chronicles 3:2, 2 Samuel 3:3)

2 Samuel 14:25 describes him as the most handsome man in the kingdom. Absalom eventually rebelled against his father and was killed during the Battle of Ephraim Wood.[1]


Murder of Amnon

After his full sister Tamar was raped by their half-brother, David's eldest son, Amnon, Absalom waited two years and avenged her by sending his servants to murder Amnon at a feast to which he had invited all the king's sons. (2 Samuel 13)

After this deed he fled to Talmai, the king of Geshur (2 Samuel 13:37) (see also Joshua 12:5 or 13:2), his maternal grandfather, and it was not until three years later that he was fully reinstated in his father's favour and finally returned to Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 13-14) (see Joab)

The Revolt at Hebron

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