Ishbosheth (Ish-boh´shith; Heb., “man of shame”)

The fourth son of Saul (2Sam 3:14-15). This version of his name appears in the book of Samuel and is, according to most modern scholars, a theologically corrected reading of the original name Eshbaal (“gift of Baal”), which is preserved in (1Chr 8:33 and 1Chr 9:39). The name was changed in order to avoid use of “Baal” in proper names (Hos 2:16-17). Upon the death of Saul, Ishbosheth attempted to rule all of the tribes. The tribe of Judah refused allegiance. With Abner as general, Ishbosheth set up his capital east of the Jordan River at Mahanaim (2Sam 2:8-10). After a stormy career, during which Abner deserted him, Ishbosheth was murdered by two of his own henchmen, Rechab and Baanah, who took his head to David at Hebron, expecting a reward. However, David’s sense of justice led to the execution of the two criminals and the burial of the head of Ishbosheth at Hebron (2Sam 4). This event marked the end of Saul’s brief dynasty.

2Sam 3:14-15

14Then David sent messengers to Saul's son Ishbaal, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, to whom I became engaged at the price of one hundred foreskins of the Phili ... View more

1Chr 8:33

33Ner became the father of Kish, Kish of Saul, Saul of Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal;

1Chr 9:39

39Ner became the father of Kish, Kish of Saul, Saul of Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal;

Hos 2:16-17

16On that day, says the Lord, you will call me, “My husband,” and no longer will you call me, “My Baal.”17For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mout ... View more

2Sam 2:8-10

Ishbaal King of Israel
8But Abner son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, had taken Ishbaal son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim.9He made him king over G ... View more

2Sam 4

Ishbaal Assassinated
1When Saul's son Ishbaal heard that Abner had died at Hebron, his courage failed, and all Israel was dismayed.2Saul's son had two captains ... View more

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