"Brother of insipidity or impiety." A man greatly renowned for his sagacity among the Jewish people. At the time of Absalom's revolt he deserted David1 and espoused the cause of Absalom.2 David sent his old friend Hushai back to Absalom, in order that he might counteract the counsel of Ahithophel.3 This end was so far gained that Ahithophel saw he had no longer any influence, and accordingly he at once left the camp of Absalom and returned to Giloh, his native place, where, after arranging his worldly affairs, he hanged himself, and was buried in the sepulcher of his fathers.4 He was the type of Judas.5



  1. Ps. 41:9; 55:12-14.
  2. 2 Sam. 15:12.
  3. 2 Sam. 15:31-37.
  4. 2 Sam. 17:1-23.
  5. Ps. 41:9.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.