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I may have an answer for #3 In the first chapter of Melachim we are told of some prominent people who were not part of in Adoniahu's coup "And Zadok the priest and Benaiahu the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei and Rei, and the mighty men, who were with David, were not with Adoniahu". If the Shimei here is the same as Shimei ben Gera, ...


Aviatar (or Abiather) was descended from Eli the prophet who was also a Kohen Gadol before him. The lineage from the book of Shmuel is: Eli->Pinchas->Achituv->Achimelech->Aviatar. Do not confuse the fact that there is also an Achituv in the line down to Tzadok (book of Ezra that traces his lineage as well as Chronicles 5:30 - Eleazar begot Phinehas, ...

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