Abiathar


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Abiathar

(əbī`əthär), in the Bible, priest, son of Ahimelech, the only one of his family who escaped massacre by Doeg. He fled to David, to whom he remained loyal. Later he sided with Adonijah against Solomon, who took away his priesthood.

Abiathar

only son of Ahimelech to avoid Saul’s slaughter. [O.T.: I Samuel 22:20]
See: Escape
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Rashi comments that although some maintain that he was the high priest, this opinion must be rejected since Zadok and Abiathar held that office during the reigns of David and Solomon.
In response, Jesus asks if they remember what David did when Abiathar was the high priest, how he went into the temple and ate the shewbread that only the priests are supposed to eat.
A supporter of Adonijah in his quest for David's throne, Abiathar is one of the losers when Solomon eventually becomes king.
Archaeologists have determined that the biblical city of Anathoth to which the Levitical priest Abiathar fled is Ras el-Karrubeh, but it did not survive the Iron Age (Peterson 1992).
Jesus' explanation seems a stretch (it was not even Abiathar who was the priest in the 1 Samuel story he makes reference to).