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Abishag

Biblical Women in World and Hebrew Literature

This article focuses on the fate of biblical women in post-biblical times.

Abishag: Midrash and Aggadah

Abishag is described in Rabbinic literature as a woman possessing self-respect and a mind of her own, who is not deterred from confronting King David himself.

Abishag: Bible

When King David (reigned c. 1005–965 bce) ages and his health fails, a beautiful young woman is sought throughout Israel to lie in his bosom and keep him warm. The king does not have sexual relations with Abishag (I Kgs 1:4).

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Abishag." (Viewed on July 21, 2017) <https://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/9954>.

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