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Achimelech may refer to:

  • Ahimelech was the priest of Nob who extended hospitality to David during his flight from the court of Saul. For this he was put to death, together with all the priests of Nob, except Abiathar, his son, who escaped and joined David (I Kings 21-22).
  • Achimelech, a Hittite, companion of the outlawed David (1 Samuel 26:6).
  • There is an Achimelech spoken of (2 Samuel 8:17, and 1 Chronicles 18:16; 24:3, 6, 31), as a "son of Abiathar" and an associate of Sadoc in the priesthood. As this position is usually attributed to "Abiathar, son of Achimelech" it is thought that the reading "Achimelech, son of Abiathar" is due to an accidental transposition of the text of Kings, and that this transposition has affected the text of Paralipomenon.
  • Achimelech is a name given to Achish, King of Gath, in the title of Psalm 33. Some texts have Abimelech.

This article incorporates text from the entry Achimelech in Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, a publication now in the public domain.

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