Character Study on Abihail

Character Study on Abihail

Numbers 3: And the chief of the house of the father of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail: these shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle northward.
1 Chronicles 2: And the name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail, and she bare him Ahban, and Molid.
1 Chronicles 5: These are the children of Abihail the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz;
2 Chronicles 11: And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse;
Esther 2: Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.
Esther 9: Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.

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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Abihail
The wife of Rehoboam, king of Judah, 2 Chronicles 11.18 ; the "daughter" - that is here, the descendant-of Eliab, David's brother.

Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Abihail
("father of splendor".)

1. Wife of Rehoboam, king of Judah, daughter, i.e. descendant of Eliab, David's oldest brother. But Keil argues that 2 Chronicles 11:19-20 shows that in 2 Chronicles 11:18 only one wife is named; therefore the sense is "Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth son of David and of Abihail" (the daughter of Eliab, etc.)

2. Numbers 3:35.

3. 1 Chronicles 2:23.

4. 1 Chronicles 5:14.

5. Father of Queen Esther, and uncle of Mordecai (Esther 2:15).

Holman Bible Dictionary - Abihail
(ab' ih hayihl) Personal name meaning, “my father is a terror.” 1. Woman in family list of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:29 ). 2 . Wife of King Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:18 ). Personal name from different Hebrew spelling meaning, “my father is powerful.” 3. Father of Zuriel, a leading Levite under Moses (Numbers 3:35 ). 4 . Father of Esther and uncle of Mordecai (Esther 2:15 ). 5 . A member of the tribe of God (1 Chronicles 5:14 ).



Hitchcock's Bible Names - Abihail
The father of strength
Easton's Bible Dictionary - Abihail
Father of might
Numbers 3:35 .

1Chronicles 2:29.

1Chronicles 5:14.

The second wife of King Rehoboam (2Chronicles 11:18), a descendant of Eliab, David's eldest brother.

The father of Esther and uncle of Mordecai (Esther 2:15 ).
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abihail
ABIHAIL (‘father is might’). 1 . As the name of a man it occurs ( a ) in 1 Chronicles 5:14 as that of a Gadite who dwelt in the land of Bashan. ( b ) It was also the name of Esther’s father, the uncle of Mordecai ( Esther 2:15 ; Esther 9:29 ).

2 . As the name of a woman it occurs three times: ( a ) 1 Chronicles 2:29 , the wife of Abishur, of the tribe of Judah; this is its only occurrence in pre-exilic writings. ( b ) Numbers 3:35 , a daughter of the sons of Merari, of the tribe of Levi, the mother of Zuriel, a ‘prince’ among the families of Merari. ( c ) 2 Chronicles 11:18 , the mother of Rehoboam’s wife, Mahalath, and daughter of Eliab, David’s eldest brother.

It is a woman’s name in Minæan (South Arabian) inscriptions, where it occurs in the form Ili-hail .

W. O. E. Oesterley.

Sentence search

Zuriel - Son of Abihail, a Merarite
Molid - Son of Abishur and Abihail
hu'ri - (linen-weaver ), a Gadite; father of Abihail- ( 1 Chronicles 5:14 )
za'Ham - (fatness ), son of Rehoboam by Abihail the daughter of Eliab
Zaham - Son of Rehoboam and Abihail, daughter or granddaughter to Eliab, David's oldest brother (2 Chronicles 11:19)
mo'Lid - (begetter ), the son of Abishur by his wife Abihail, and descendant of Jerahmeel
Zaham - ” Son of King Rehoboam by Abihail (2 Chronicles 11:18-19 )
Esther - Daughter of Abihail
zu'ri-el - (my rock is God ) son of Abihail, and chief of the Merarite Levites at the time of the exodus
ah'Ban - (brother of the wise, discreet ), son of Abishur by his wife Abihail
Zuriel - ” Son of Abihail and head of the Merari family of Levites (Numbers 3:35 )
Abihail - But Keil argues that 2 Chronicles 11:19-20 shows that in 2 Chronicles 11:18 only one wife is named; therefore the sense is "Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth son of David and of Abihail" (the daughter of Eliab, etc
Esther - She was a daughter of Abihail of the tribe of Benjamin, her Jewish name being Edissa
Michael - Son of Abihail, a Gadite
Jer'Imoth - (1 Chronicles 27:19 ) ... Son of King David, whose daughter Mahalath was one of the wives of Rehoboam, her cousin Abihail being the other
Esther - A Hebrew maiden, the daughter of Abihail, of the tribe of Benjamin
Abihail - Abihail (‘father is might’)
Esther - A Persian name given to Hadassah, a daughter of Abihail, of the tribe of Benjamin
mi'Chael - (1 Chronicles 5:13 ) ... Another Gadite, ancestor of Abihail
Eliab - Abihail his daughter (granddaughter?) married her second cousin Rehoboam, and bore him three children (2 Chronicles 11:18)
Esther - She was the daughter of Abihail, a Benjamite
Esther - The Persian name of Hadassah, daughter of Abihail, son of Shimei, son of Kish, a Benjamite
Esther - ’ She was the daughter of Abihail, of the tribe of Benjamin, and was brought up, an orphan, in the house of her cousin Mordecai , in Shushan
Rehoboam - Besides Mahalath and Maacbah, granddaughters of David, and Abihail descended from Jesse, he had 18 wives and 60 concubines; his sons, with worldly wisdom, he dispersed through the fenced cities as their governors, and made Abijah, son of his favorite wife Maachah, his successor on the throne
Name, Names - Some names were bestowed indifferently on men and women: Abiah , ( 1 Kings 14:31 , 1 Chronicles 2:24 ); Abihail ( Numbers 3:25 , 1 Chronicles 2:29 ); Zibiah ( 2 Kings 12:2 , 1 Chronicles 8:9 )