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  • Similarly, in "Abishag", a speaker nursing her lover through terminal illness licks his skull and tells us, "I can feel his mind through my tongue/as I trace patterns with the tip across his scalp."

    Of Mutability by Jo Shapcott Frances Leviston 2010

  • This midrash, in contrast with the Bible, uses the character of Abishag in order to strengthen the image of the aged David: he is depicted as someone whose sexual vigor has not waned and as someone who can withstand the temptations of his Evil Urge by being alone with a beautiful woman such as Abishag without complying with her wishes, because of his desire to obey the Torah.

    Abishag: Midrash and Aggadah. 2009

  • Q: Why isn't anyone named Job or Ham or Japheth or Abishag anymore?

    Heaven help us: Gene explains religion Gene Weingarten 2010

  • The king does not have sexual relations with Abishag (I Kgs 1: 4).

    Abishag: Bible. 2009

  • The unspeaking Abishag is more a tool to move the plot along than a developed character: she marks first the inability of David to continue his rule and, later, the inability of Adonijah to assume that power.

    Abishag: Bible. 2009

  • According to Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer (ed. Higger, chap. 22), Abishag was the sister of the Wise Woman from Shunem.

    Abishag: Midrash and Aggadah. 2009

  • Abishag is described in Rabbinic literature as a woman possessing self-respect and a mind of her own, who is not deterred from confronting King David himself.

    Abishag: Midrash and Aggadah. 2009

  • When that had been aborted and came to a halt, Adonijah responded with treachery, by asking "innocently" that Bathsheba, the favorite of David, and Solomon's Mother, to speak in his behalf with Solomon, the Heir of King David, to marry the one person, Abishag, who had heard the discussion between David and Bathsheba concerning who was the chosen and rightful heir to David's throne.

    Abishag: Bible. 2009

  • Abishag The Shunammite is mentioned only briefly at the beginning of Kings I.

    Biblical Women in World and Hebrew Literature. 2009

  • Manger focuses on Abishag with great empathy, portraying her as a country girl and David as a benevolent, gentle king.

    Biblical Women in World and Hebrew Literature. 2009


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  • A literary gold nugget I found referring to a child born to a married man's mistress.

    January 23, 2010