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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  father  of  light;  i.e.,  "enlightening",  the  son  of  Ner  and  uncle 
  of  Saul.  He  was  commander-in-chief  of  Saul's  army  (1  Sam.  14:50; 
  17:55;  20:25).  He  first  introduced  David  to  the  court  of  Saul 
  after  the  victory  over  Goliath  (1  Sam.  17:57).  After  the  death 
  of  Saul,  David  was  made  king  over  Judah,  and  reigned  in  Hebron. 
  Among  the  other  tribes  there  was  a  feeling  of  hostility  to 
  Judah;  and  Abner,  at  the  head  of  Ephraim,  fostered  this 
  hostility  in  the  interest  of  the  house  of  Saul,  whose  son 
  Ish-bosheth  he  caused  to  be  proclaimed  king  (2  Sam.  2:8).  A 
  state  of  war  existed  between  these  two  kings.  A  battle  fatal  to 
  Abner,  who  was  the  leader  of  Ish-boseth's  army,  was  fought  with 
  David's  army  under  Joab  at  Gibeon  (2  Sam.  2:12).  Abner,  escaping 
  from  the  field,  was  overtaken  by  Asahel,  who  was  "light  of  foot 
  as  a  wild  roe,"  the  brother  of  Joab  and  Abishai,  whom  he  thrust 
  through  with  a  back  stroke  of  his  spear  (2  Sam.  2:  18-32). 
  Being  rebuked  by  Ish-bosheth  for  the  impropriety  of  taking  to 
  wife  Rizpah,  who  had  been  a  concubine  of  King  Saul,  he  found  an 
  excuse  for  going  over  to  the  side  of  David,  whom  he  now 
  professed  to  regard  as  anointed  by  the  Lord  to  reign  over  all 
  Israel.  David  received  him  favourably,  and  promised  that  he 
  would  have  command  of  the  armies.  At  this  time  Joab  was  absent 
  from  Hebron,  but  on  his  return  he  found  what  had  happened.  Abner 
  had  just  left  the  city;  but  Joab  by  a  stratagem  recalled  him 
  and  meeting  him  at  the  gate  of  the  city  on  his  return,  thrust 
  him  through  with  his  sword  (2  Sam.  3:27,  31-39;  4:12.  Comp.  1 
  Kings  2:5,  32).  David  lamented  in  pathetic  words  the  death  of 
  Abner,  "Know  ye  not  that  there  is  a  prince  and  a  great  man 
  fallen  this  day  in  Israel?"  (2  Sam.  3:33-38.) 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Abner,  father  of  light