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The meaning of Abner in the Bible
(From Easton's Bible Dictionary)

father of light; i.e., "enlightening", the son of Ner and uncle of Saul. He was commander-in-chief of Saul's army (I Samuel 14:50; 17:55; 20:25). He first introduced David to the court of Saul after the victory over Goliath (I Samuel 17:57). After the death of Saul, David was made king over Judah, and reigned in Hebron. Among the other tribes there was a feeling of hostility to Judah; and Abner, at the head of Ephraim, fostered this hostility in the interest of the house of Saul, whose son Ish-bosheth he caused to be proclaimed king (II Samuel 2:8). A state of war existed between these two kings. A battle fatal to Abner, who was the leader of Ish-boseth's army, was fought with David's army under Joab at Gibeon (II Samuel 2:12). Abner, escaping from the field, was overtaken by Asahel, who was "light of foot as a wild roe," the brother of Joab and Abishai, whom he thrust through with a back stroke of his spear (II Samuel 2:: 1832-32).


See more on the meaning of Abner in the Bible:
Abner {International Standard Bible Encyclopedia}
Abner {Hitchcock's Bible Name}

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