Glossary of Terms

Gospel of Q


Harper’s Bible Dictionary

edited by Paul J. Achtemier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985)

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Hushai, an Archite who is called the ‘friend of David’ (2 Sam. 15:32; 1 Chron. 23:33), although this is a technical term for an official of the king who served as a personal advisor (1 Kings 4:5; for the feminine counterpart, see Ps. 45:14). He remained loyal to David during Absalom’s attempt to seize the throne and was sent by David back to Absalom as a spy (2 Sam. 15:32-37). He convinced Absalom of his loyalty and persuaded Absalom to take his counsel over the advice of Ahithophel, another advisor of David’s who had joined Absalom’s conspiracy. He then sent word to David of Absalom’s plans, allowing David and his men to escape (2 Sam. 16:16-18; 17:5-22). He is probably the same person mentioned as the father of Baana, an official of King Solomon (1 Kings 4:16).


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