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Gilbert House Fellowship #92: Psalms 50, 53, 60, 75; 2 Sam 10; 1 Chr 19; Psalm 20

david-mapTHE WAR of the Beards is the core event of this week’s Old Testament study, a series of battles prompted by Hanun, the king of Ammon, who shaved half the beards of messengers sent by David. That incident led to battles outside the Ammonites’ capital of Rabbah, with the Edomites in the Valley of Salt, south of the Dead Sea, and with a coalition of Arameans led by Hadadezer of Zobah in the north of Israel, in the region of the Sea of Galilee.

We also read a number of psalms written before, during, and after this war, and compare the tone of those written after what was apparently a military defeat and at the end of the successful campaign.

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Gilbert House Fellowship #72: Psalms 121, 123-125, 128-130; 2 Sam 1-4

James J. Tissot, 'The Valiant of Gibeon' (1896-1902), The Jewish Museum, New York. Click to enlarge.

James J. Tissot, ‘The Valiant of Gibeon’ (1896-1902), The Jewish Museum, New York. Click for larger image.

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.

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