THE REBELLION of Absalom has been quashed but a new one rises up in its place: As David returns to Jerusalem accompanied by members of his tribe, the Judahites, the northern tribes arrive along the way and confront the men of Judah. This leads to the short-lived rebellion of Sheba the son of Bichri, which highlights the ongoing tension between Judah and the northern tribes and foreshadows the eventual division of the kingdom in the days of Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
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THE REBELLION of Absalom comes to a quick and bitter end. The wise counsel of David’s former adviser, Ahitophel, is disregarded, giving David and his loyal forces much-needed time to regroup and rest at Mahanaim, east of the Jordan.
DAVID CONSOLIDATES control over his kingdom and subjugates Israel’s neighbors Philistia, Moab, Edom, Ammon, Aram-Damascus, and Zobah, extending his control from the border with Egypt to the Euphrates River in the far north.
We also study a number of Psalms, some of lamentation, some of praise, and another — Psalm 29 — that is another example of Old Testament writers applying imagery and characteristics to Yahweh that the Canaanites used to describe their god, Ba’al. Continue reading