ANOTHER SON, another rebellion: Adonijah, son of Haggith, makes his play for the throne before David’s death. This was backstory to the ascension of Solomon that was not recorded in the account in 1 Chronicles. Adonijah was David’s fourth son and the heir apparent–the second of David’s sons to try to usurp the throne.
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OUR OLD Testament study this week moves to a new phase of David’s life as he is declared king of Judah. The rest of the tribes, however, elect to follow Saul’s son, Ish-Bosheth (called Eshbaal, or “man of Ba’al”, in 1 Chronicles 8:33), who decided that Saul’s headquarters at Gibeah was just a little too close to the territory of Judah, David’s tribe.