Q&A: Abimelech or Achish? Psalm 34

Abimelech or Achish? Psalm 34

Question

The subtitle of Psalm 34 has the name Abimelech, but should not the name be Achish?

Answer

The historical context of this Psalm may be seen in 1 Samuel 21:10-15. Abimelech is probably a royal title for the king and not his proper name, which is Achish. It was not uncommon to have more than one name: Gideon was also Jerubbaal (Judg. 6:32; 7:1) and Solomon was also Jedidiah (2 Sam. 12:25).

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).