This chart summarizes the King David’s family tree, based on what we know from Scripture. I’m always looking for this information and couldn’t find it in one place. I decided to make a chart, combining as much information as I could from my various sources.
This is a work in progress. Please contact me if you find errors, omissions or broken links.
From my research, skipping names was common practice in genealogies both in the gospels and in secular records of ancient kings. Genealogies often jump from grandfather to grandson, because it still preserves the line of descent. Also, names tended to be repeated (sons named after grandfathers, etc) and names may be spelled differently when they are translated from Hebrew into English.
David’s Family Tree
|Relationship to David||Name(s)||Scripture|
|Great-grandparents||Boaz & Ruth||Ruth 2:1|
|Half/sister*||Abigail||daughter of Nahash*|
|Nephew||Amasa||son of Abigail|
|Half/sister*||Zeruiah||daughter of Nahash*|
|sons of Zeruiah|
2 Samuel 2:18
*Who is Nahash? Options:
- David’s mother could have been married to Nahash before marrying Jessie, and had Abigail and Zeruiah with him, making them David’s half-sisters.
- Nahash could be another name for David’s father in which case Abigail and Zeruiah are full sisters.
- Nahash could be the name of David’s mother, Jesse’s wife (though Nahash does not appear to be a female name).
|David’s Wife:||Mother of:|
|1 Chronicles 3:1-4||Born in Hebron|
|Abigail||2 Daniel (Chileab)|
|1 Chronicles 3:5-9||Born in Jerusalem|