Scripts אַבְשָׁלוֹם (Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced Pron. 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.
Depiction of the death of Absalom (c. 1860)