Bible Names A-G: Asahel
Asahel in Easton's Bible Dictionary
made by God, the youngest son of Zeruiah, David's sister. He
celebrated for his swiftness of foot. When fighting
Ish-bosheth at Gibeon, in the army of his brother
Joab, he was
put to death by Abner, whom he pursued from the field
(2 Sam. 2:18, 19). He is mentioned among David's
men (2 Sam. 23:24; 1 Chr. 11:26). Others of the same
mentioned (2 Chr. 17:8; 31:13; Ezra 10:15).
Asahel in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("made by God".)
1. David's nephew, youngest son of Zeruiah, David's
sister; brother of Joab and Abishai. Swift on foot, he pursued
Abner after Ishbosheth's army was defeated at Gibeon, in spite
of Abner's warning, and was pierced with the hinder end of his
spear (2 Samuel 2). (See ABNER.)
2. Three others (2 Chronicles 17:8; 2 Chronicles
31:18; Ezra 10:15).
Asahel in Hitchcock's Bible Names
creature of God
Asahel in Naves Topical Bible
1. Nephew of David, and one of his captains
2Sa 2:18-24,32; 3:27; 23:24; 1Ch 2:16; 11:26; 27:7
-2. A Levite, commissioned by Jehoshaphat to teach the law to
-3. A Levite, who had charge of tithes
-4. Father of Jonathan
Asahel in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(made by God).
1. Nephew of David, being the youngest son of his
sister Zeruiah. He was celebrated for his swiftness of foot.
When fighting under his brother Joab at Gibeon, he pursued
Abner, who was obliged to kill him in self-defence. 2Sa 2:18
ff. [ABNER] (B.C. 1050.)
2. One of the Levites in the reign of Jehoshaphat, who
went throughout the cities of Judah to instruct the people in
the knowledge of the law. 2Ch 17:8 (B.C. 910.)
3. A Levite in the reign of Hezekiah, who had charge
of the tithes and dedicated things in the temple. 2Ch 31:13
4. A priest, father of Jonathan, in the time of Ezra.
Ezr 10:15 He is called AZAEL in 1Esd 9:14. (B.C. before 459.)
Asahel in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
as'-a-hel (`asah'el, "God hath made"; Asael):
(1) The brother of Joab and Abishai. The three were sons of
Zeruiah, one of David's sisters (1 Ch 2:15,16; 2 Sam 2:18,
etc.). The three brothers seem to have been from the
beginning members of David's troop of strangely respectable
brigands. Asahel was distinguished for his swift running,
and this fact brought misfortune upon him and upon Israel.
When Abner and the forces of Ish-bosheth were defeated near
Gibeon, Asahel pursued Abner. Abner knew that he could
outright Asahel, though he could not outrun him. He also
knew that the time had come for making David king, and that
a blood feud among the leaders would be a calamity. He
expostulated with Asahel, but in vain. It came to a fight,
and Abner slew Asahel (2 Sam 2:3). As a result the coming of
David to the throne of all Israel was delayed; and when at
last Abner brought it about, he himself was treacherously
killed by Joab in alleged blood revenge for Asahel. Asahel
is mentioned as sixth in the list of David's "mighty men" (2
Sam 23:24; 1 Ch 11:26). The earlier of the names in this
list are evidently arranged in the order of seniority. If it
be assumed that the list was not made till after the death
of Asahel, still there is no difficulty in the idea that
some of the names in the list were placed there
posthumously. Asahel is also mentioned as the fourth of
David's month-by-month captains (1 Ch 27:7). Superficial
criticism describes this position as that of "commander of a
division of David's army," and regards the statement, "and
Zebadiah his son after him," as a note added to explain the
otherwise incredible assertion of the text. This criticism
is correct in its implication that the fourth captain was,
as the text stands, the dead Asahel, in the person of his
son Zebadiah. Coming from an annotator, the criticism
regards this meaning as intelligible; is it any the less so
if we regard it as coming from the author? In fact, the
statement is both intelligible and credible. The second of
David's month-by-month captains is Dodai, the father of the
second of David's "mighty men"; and the fourth is Asahel,
with his son Zebadiah. With these two variations the twelve
month-by-month captains are twelve out of the nineteen
seniors in the list of mighty men, and are mentioned in
practically the same order of seniority. The 24,000 men each
month were not a fighting army mobilized for war. The
position of general for a month, whatever else it may have
involved, was an honor held by a distinguished veteran.
There is no absurdity in the idea that the honor may in some
cases have been posthumous, the deceased being represented
by his father or his son or by someone else.
(2) A Levite member of the commission of captains and
Levites and priests which Jehoshaphat, in his third year,
sent among the cities of Judah, with the book of the law, to
spread information among the people (2 Ch 17:7-9).
(3) One of the keepers of the storechambers in the temple in
the time of Hezekiah (2 Ch 31:13).
(4) The father of Jonathan who was one of the two men who
"stood upon this," at the time when Ezra and the people
appointed a court to consider the cases of those who had
married foreign wives (Ezr 10:15). The text of the Revised
Version (British and American) translates "stood up against
this," while the margin has "were appointed over this."
Asahel in Wikipedia
(Hebrew: עשהאל, Greek: ‘Ασεάλ) (also known as Asael, Asaell,
and Assael) is the youngest son of Zeruiah, daughter of Jesse.
The name means "Made by God." Asahel was the nephew of King
David, as well as the younger brother of both Abishai, David's
General, and of Joab. Asahel is mentioned in II Samuel
Chapters 2 and 3.
Additionally, the name Asahel (under a variant spelling)
appears in Aramaic as was the 10th Watcher of the 20 leaders
of the 200 fallen angels that are mentioned in an ancient work
called the Book of Enoch...
Asahel Scripture - 2 Chronicles 31:13
And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth,
and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and
Benaiah, [were] overseers under the hand of Cononiah and
Shimei his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king,
and Azariah the ruler of the house of God.
Asahel Scripture - 2 Samuel 2:21
And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to
thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take
thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from
following of him.
Asahel Scripture - 2 Samuel 2:23
Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the
hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth [rib], that
the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and
died in the same place: and it came to pass, [that] as many as
came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still.
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