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In Book 2 of Shmuel Chapter 17. Paragraph 25 it says: "And Amasa, had Absalom set in place of Joab over the host; and Amasa was the son of a man, whose name was Ithra the Israelite, who came to Abigail the daughter of Nahash the sister of Zeruiah, Joab's mother. כה וְאֶת עֲמָשָֹא שָֹם אַבְשָׁלֹם תַּחַת יוֹאָב עַל הַצָּבָא וַעֲמָשָֹא בֶן אִישׁ וּשְׁמוֹ יִתְרָא הַיִּשְׂרְאֵלִי אֲשֶׁר בָּא אֶל אֲבִיגַל בַּת נָחָשׁ אֲחוֹת צְרוּיָה אֵם יוֹאָב:"

Is this speaking about a different Abigail? (and not King David's wife)

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Yes. David also had a sister named Abigail/Avigayil (I Chronicles 2:15). That Abigail was Amasa's mother, making Amasa David's nephew.

  • Was this a sister from Yishai or from a different man? This is so confusing. – TheTribeOfJudah Dec 9 '15 at 2:55
  • @TheTribeOfJudah From Chronicles, it sounds like from Yishai to me. – Double AA Dec 9 '15 at 2:57
  • So then was Yishai Nahash. and if that is the case is this the same Nahash of Ammon? – TheTribeOfJudah Dec 9 '15 at 2:58
  • @TheTribeOfJudah judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/ask – msh210 Dec 9 '15 at 3:06
  • The Talmud (BB 17a) says his name was Yishai and he was called Nachash bc he was such a Tzaddik that he was only killed bc of the sin of Adam and Eve and the snake (ie that everyone has to die, even those who don't sin). – Double AA Dec 9 '15 at 16:19

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