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

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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

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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