King David: Wars and Administration   4 comments

Above:  King David

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READING 1-2 SAMUEL, 1 KINGS, 2 KINGS 1-21, 1 CHRONICLES, AND 2 CHRONICLES 1-33

PART XXXV

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2 Samuel 8:1-18

1 Chronicles 18:1-17

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The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.

–2 Samuel 8:14b, TANAKH:  The Holy Scriptures (1985)

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That sentence is a refrain in 2 Samuel 8.  Both versions of the material describe the royal supremacy and military dominance of King David.  The context tells us of the subjugation of the Philistines, previously pushed back into their territory in 2 Samuel 5:17-25.  Acts of cruelty (such as those to Moabites and to horses) should disturb readers.  (I have tried to be a pacifist, and cruelty to animals has always offended me.)

David, once a vassal, had vassals.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 30, 2020 COMMON ERA

PROPER 17:  THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF SAINT JEANNE JUGAN, FOUNDRESS OF THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

THE FEAST OF JOHN LEARY, U.S. ROMAN CATHOLIC SOCIAL ACTIVIST AND ADVOCATE FOR THE POOR AND THE MARGINALIZED

THE FEAST OF KARL OTTO EBERHARDT, GERMAN MORAVIAN ORGANIST, MUSIC, EDUCATOR, AND COMPOSER

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Posted August 30, 2020 by neatnik2009 in 2 Samuel 18, 2 Samuel 5, 2 Samuel 8

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4 responses to “King David: Wars and Administration

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  1. There’s a lot in the Old Testament that disturbs me, but it is historical.

    • 1 and 2 Samuel are open about the disturbing aspects of David’s character. 1 Chronicles ignores them or makes excuses for them.

      • Once you get to 1 Chronicles you have already read the story, no need to repeat it!

      • 1-2 Chronicles repeat stories, subtracts some material, and add other material. The pro-Davidic dynastic tone rises to the level of propaganda sometimes. Then the narrative moves into Ezra and Nehemiah, with a chronology that moves from one book and into the other then back again. One needs a chart to keep track of the timeline in Ezra-Nehemiah.

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