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Scriptsאַבְשָׁלוֹם Ancient Hebrew
PronouncedPron.AB-sə-ləm English

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name אַבְשָׁלוֹם ('Avshalom) meaning "my father is peace", derived from אָב ('av) meaning "father" and שָׁלוֹם (shalom) meaning "peace". In the Old Testament he is a son of King David. He avenged his sister Tamar by arranging the murder of her rapist, their half-brother Amnon. He later led a revolt against his father. While fleeing on the back of a mule he got his head caught in a tree and was killed by Joab.
Other Languages & CulturesAbessalom Biblical Greek 'Avshalom Biblical Hebrew Axel, Aksel Danish Akseli Finnish Axel German Axel, Aksel Norwegian Axel, Acke Swedish


Depiction of the death of Absalom (c. 1860)Depiction of the death of Absalom (c. 1860)


Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute