Old Testament

The Books of Samuel

David’s Decline – Discussion Questions

Questions for Reflection:

1. How might we understand the parallels between the stories of David’s sons and the patriarchal narratives, especially the removal of the three eldest sons (of David and Jacob, respectively) in favor of the fourth (Solomon and Judah, respectively)?

2.How do David’s sons, especially Absalom and Solomon, learn lessons in gaining power from their father?

3.How do these chapters contribute to the overall picture of David and his reign? What part do they play in the later traditions of David that view him as beloved and powerful?

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