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ABSALOM

The third son of King David, he was noted for his handsome appearance and his abundant hair (II Samuel 14:25). He fled from Jerusalem after killing his half-brother (II Samuel 14:33). Later he organized the malcontents of Judah to make an effort to seize his father's throne, but the attempt failed (II Samuel 15). In fleeing, Absalom's horse rode under a tree and either his head or his hair became caught in a low branch. He was killed by one of his pursuers (II Samuel 18) to the dismay and sorrow of his father (II Samuel 19).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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