It is almost incredible, but quite true, that not one of a hundred Bible students can tell how Absalom met with his death.
The answer invariably given is that while he was fleeing from the enemy on his mule he was caught by the hair of his head, and thus, hanging to a tree, came to his end. The picture books spread this fable, just as hymn books spread clerical fables.
The Bible says nothing about being caught by the hair, but that “his head caught hold of the oak” (2Sam. xviii. 9). While cautioning our neighbours against being misled by hymn books and prayer books, let us see that we are not misled by picture books, for such it is that depict Absalom as being caught by his hair.
F. G. J.