Ancient History, Solomon: The Tarnished Crown

Yahweh’s HESED to Abishag the Shunammite

Three weeks ago, I began a teaching series at Bedford Road on Solomon: The Tarnished Crown. Yesterday, I taught on Adonijah, the son of David who attempted to usurp the throne from Solomon. There is never enough time to talk about all the people who pass through the biblical narrative. I would never finish a… Continue reading Yahweh’s HESED to Abishag the Shunammite

Ancient History, History

The Book of Ruth

Those who know me also know about my on-again-off-again obsession with writing a book about David and the rise of Israel during the twilight of the Late Bronze Age and the birth of the Early Iron Age. One day, I will find the time and energy to write that book; but in the meantime, where… Continue reading The Book of Ruth

Ancient History, History

Joab the Psycho

I have mentioned before that our Sunday School ideals of David's kingdom are painfully mistaken. David formed an uneasy alliance between Judah and Ephraim, which Ephraim often tried to violate. The ¬†Ephraimites claimed that they were meant to rule because Israel (Jacob) had chosen Joseph to lead and had specifically blessed Joseph's younger son Ephraim… Continue reading Joab the Psycho

Ancient History, History

Ittai the Gittite: A “Little” Help from Your Friends

As David is fleeing east from Jerusalem because of his son Absalom's betrayal, he meets an old friend Ittai the Gittite. Ittai is planning to come with David, and the following conversation occurs: DAVID: Why would you come with us? Go back and stay with Absalom. You're a guest here. You just got here yesterday.… Continue reading Ittai the Gittite: A “Little” Help from Your Friends

Ancient History, History

Absalom the Usurper

For bedtime reading, our family has been reading through the David cycle in the Hebrew Scriptures. Of course, this part of the Scriptures is my bread-and-butter. One day, I will write a book on David and it will sell like five copies - AT LEAST. But I digress. The other night, we started reading about… Continue reading Absalom the Usurper

Ancient History, History

Uriah the Hittite

2 Samuel 11 contains a story that pretty much any Sunday School kid learned. King David commits adultery with a young woman named Bathsheba and they conceive a child. He then has her husband killed to cover up the sin. Of course, in chapter 12, Nathan the prophet confronts David and he repents. Being a… Continue reading Uriah the Hittite

Ancient History, History, Prayers, Theology

Lame Men at the Table of the King