• Hebrew: Ebydthar, the [divine] father is preeminent


In the Bible, son of Ahimelech or Ahijah, priest at Nob. The only one of the priests to escape from Saul’s massacre, he fled to David at Keilah, taking with him the ephod (1 Samuel 22:20, 23:6, 23:9). He was of great service to David, especially at the time of the rebellion of Absalom (2 Samuel 15:24, 15:29, 15:35, 20:25). In 1 Kings 4:4 Zadok and Abiathar are found acting together as priests under Solomon. In 1 Kings 1:7, 1:19, 1:25, however, Abiathar appears as a supporter of Adonijah, and in 2:22 and 2:26 it is said that he was deposed by Solomon and banished to Anathoth. In 2 Samuel 8:17 “Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech” should be read, with the Syriac, for “Ahimelech, the son of Abiathar.” For a similar confusion see Mark 2:26.

MLA Citation

  • “Abiathar”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 December 2019. Web. 27 October 2021. <>