Son of Saul (2 Sam. 3: 14); originally called Eshbaal (1 Chron. 8: 33) but changed by editors when ‘*Baal’ became unacceptable. Ishbosheth (Ishbaal in NRSV) tried to rule the tribes at Mahanaim after the death of Saul (2 Sam. 2: 8–10), and to rally them against the succession of his father by David. But Judah held out and remained loyal to David. Ishbosheth was murdered and so ended the dynasty of Saul. The two murderers, Rechab and Baanah, brought the head of Ishbosheth in triumph to David. He expressed outrage and had the two murderers executed (2 Sam. 4: 12).
Subjects: Biblical Studies.