Abiathar (əbĪˈəthär) [key], in the Bible, priest, son of Ahimelech, the only one of his family who escaped massacre by Doeg. He fled to David, to whom he remained loyal. Later he sided with Adonijah against Solomon, who took away his priesthood.

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