Abigail: The Woman Who Saved Her Husband’s Neck

Artwork for Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives: Rediscovering Some Old Testament Characters

Tucked away in the folds of Scripture are numerous human-interest stories not known by most. Within them they hold principles, insights, and lessons that are timelessly significant. Even stories multiple centuries old sustain a relevance that is remarkably up-to-date. We have no difficulty stepping into the scene and identifying with the characters involved in the plot.

Such is the case in the story we discover recorded in 1 Samuel 25. It is amazing—change a few particulars, the geography, and the date, and we find ourselves reenacting a series of events as modern as today’s news. It is the story of an unfair boss, a strained marriage, and a great-hearted woman whose act of unselfish bravery saved her husband’s neck! Its fairy tale ending makes the story one of the most memorable in all the Old Testament.