Abital

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Abital or Avital (Hebrew: אֲבִיטַל) is a Hebrew female name which means my father is [the] dew. (ab-i means my father; -i is possessive pronoun for "my".) [1]

The fifth wife of King David (2 Samuel 3:4) was called Abital, and was the mother of David's son Shephatiah.[2][3]

According to the grammatical structure, the fifth one is Shephatiah, the son, not Abital, the mother. Because "ha-chamischi schpathiah" is a nominal-phrase, meaning "the fifth ((son) was) Schepatja". If the translation "the fith wife" was correct, "h-chamischi" had to be related to "abital" and had another position in the phrase, possibly behind abital. The correct information is: The wife of King David (2 Samuel 3:4) was called Abital, and was the mother of David's fifth son Shepatiah.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Abital". Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  2. ^ 2 Samuel 3:4
  3. ^ "Abital (fl. 1000 BCE)". Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Gale Research Inc. Retrieved 6 January 2013. (subscription required)