Abigail

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Abigail

(ăb`əgāl), in the Bible. 1 The wife of Nabal. She persuaded David not to take vengeance on her husband. When Nabal died, she married David. 2 David's stepsister, mother of Amasa.
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Abigail

enters nunnery as convert to retrieve money. [Br. Lit.: The Jew of Malta]

Abigail

prostrates herself before David and vows devotion. [O.T.: I Samuel 25:40–41]

Abigail

undoes husband’s unneighborliness with fare for David’s troops. [O.T.: I Samuel 25:23–27]

Abigail

helpmeet of King David; traditional name for hand-maiden. [O.T.: I Samuel 25]
See: Servant
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Abigail

Old Testament the woman who brought provisions to David and his followers and subsequently became his wife (I Samuel 25:1--42)
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'But with girls' names parents are willing to be choose something that sounds adventurous.' What does your name mean?: Abigail - from the Hebrew Avigayil, meaning 'my father is joy';
Some interesting questions arose: Avigayil attempted to increase the potential patterns and asked, "Am I allowed to color a fraction of a circle?" One student having difficulty checked whether she could "color outside the circles," and numerous students questioned whether a blank pattern could be included in the total.
The children Avigayil Gross, 2, and Yael Gross, 4 will be laid to rest Thursday at the Har HaMenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem.