Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)/Abisai
(Abhishay, abhshay; Sept. Abessa, Abisai).
Son of David's sister Sarvia, and brother of Joab, a most valiant warrior (II K. xxiii, 18, 19; I Par., xi, 20, 21), and a faithful friend of David in his struggles against Saul (I K. xxvi, 6-9; II K. ii, 24; iii, 30), against the Ammonites, Syrians, and Edomites (II K., viii, 13; x, 9-14; I Par., xviii, 12; xix, 11-15), against Absalom (II K. xvi, 9, 10; xix, 21, 22; xviii, 2), Seba (II K., xx, 6), and the Philistines (II K., xxi, 15-17).
HAGEN, Lexicon Biblicum (Paris, 1905); PALIS in VIG., Dict. de la Bible (Paris, 1895); WHITE in HAST., Dict. of the Bible (New York, 1903).