Civil war in Israel

pool-gibeonOUR 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).

We also mention the fascinating work of David Rohl, who makes a good case for identifying certain historic figures named in the Amarna Letters, royal correspondence to Pharaoh Akhenaten, with men in the Bible: Labayu (Saul), Mutbaal (Ish-Bosheth/Eshbaal), Ayab (Joab), Šuwardata (Achish, king of Gath), and Dadua (David).

Click here for the notes and the study.

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