Who was King David’s mother and was she married to Jesse, his father?

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The Bible does not give us the name of King David’s mother. But it does mention that David was the son of Jesse who was from the tribe of Judah and lived in Bethlehem. The Bible tells us that David was the youngest of eight brothers “Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, whose name was Jesse, and who had eight sons. And the man was old, advanced in years, in the days of Saul. The three oldest sons of Jesse had gone to follow Saul to the battle. The names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. David was the youngest. And the three oldest followed Saul” (1 Samuel 17:12–14).

David had also at least two sisters,“Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail” (1 Chronicles 2:16). Some scholars point that their father was not Jesse but Nahash. For in 2 Samuel it points to Abigail as the daughter of Nahash: “Absalomhad appointed Amasa over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Jether, an Israelite who had married Abigail, the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah the mother of Joab” (2 Samuel 17:25). Nahash was an Ammonite king (1 Samuel 11:1).

It is possible that David’s mother was a second wife to Jesse David’s father but her name is not mentioned in the Bible.

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BibleAsk Team

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