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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  man  of  shame  or  humiliation,  the  youngest  of  Saul's  four  sons, 
  and  the  only  one  who  survived  him  (2  Sam.  2-4).  His  name  was 
  originally  Eshbaal  (1  Chr.  8:33;  9:39).  He  was  about  forty  years 
  of  age  when  his  father  and  three  brothers  fell  at  the  battle  of 
  Gilboa.  Through  the  influence  of  Abner,  Saul's  cousin,  he  was 
  acknowledged  as  successor  to  the  throne  of  Saul,  and  ruled  over 
  all  Israel,  except  the  tribe  of  Judah  (over  whom  David  was 
  king),  for  two  years,  having  Mahanaim,  on  the  east  of  Jordan,  as 
  his  capital  (2  Sam.  2:9).  After  a  troubled  and  uncertain  reign 
  he  was  murdered  by  his  guard,  who  stabbed  him  while  he  was 
  asleep  on  his  couch  at  mid-day  (2  Sam.  4:5-7);  and  having  cut 
  off  his  head,  presented  it  to  David,  who  sternly  rebuked  them 
  for  this  cold-blooded  murder,  and  ordered  them  to  be  immediately 
  executed  (9-12). 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Ishbosheth,  a  man  of  shame