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(Abhishay, abhshay; Septuagint Abessa, Abisai).

Son of David's sister Sarvia, and brother of Joab, a most valiant warrior (2 Samuel 23:18-19; 1 Chronicles 11:20-21), and a faithful friend of David in his struggles against Saul (1 Samuel 26:26-9; 2 Samuel 2:24; 3:30), against the Ammonites, Syrians, and Edomites (2 Samuel 8:13; 10:9-14; 1 Chronicles 18:12; 19:11-15), against Absalom (2 Samuel 16:9-10; 19:21-22; 18:2), Seba (2 Samuel 20:6), and the Philistines (2 Samuel 21:15-17).


HAGEN, Lexicon Biblicum (Paris, 1905); PALIS in VIG., Dict. de la Bible (Paris, 1895); WHITE in HAST., Dict. of the Bible (New York, 1903).

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APA citation. Maas, A. (1907). Abisai. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

MLA citation. Maas, Anthony. "Abisai." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. <>.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. March 1, 1907. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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