Q&A: Where was Absalom buried? 2 Samuel 18:17 and 2 Samuel 18:18

Where was Absalom buried? 2 Samuel 18:17 and 2 Samuel 18:18

Question

Where was Absalom buried - in the forest of Ephraim or in the Kidron Valley? 2 Samuel 18:17 and 2 Samuel 18:18

Answer

2 Samuel 18:17 They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes.

2 Samuel 18:18 During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King's Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, "I have no son to carry on the memory of my name." He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom's Monument to this day.

The Bible does not say Absalom was buried in the Tomb of Absalom in the King's Valley. The Tomb of Absalom was not necessarily created as a burial place but a memorial, a remembrance to Absalom's name. Absalom was thrown into a pit in the forest of Ephraim.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).