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While Joseph's answer has much to commend it, I feel it is headed in the wrong direction. I don't think there is a need to suppose two sets of Abiathars and Ahimelechs where one is father-son and the other vice versa. First, 1 Kings 2:26-27 is clear that it was indeed the so-called "good" Abiathar it's talking about since verse 27 notes that his life was ...


There is a deeper kabbalistic meaning in this secret arrangement. Jonathan and David are talking about three arrow destined for these three male sephirots: Yesod, Hesed, Gevurah That means that mashiah Saul is trying to destroy these three sephirots in David's soul.


The answer is in the narrative. Jonathan devises this plan, not so he can give David his last goodbye, but to see if there is any change in his father's attitude towards David. If you go to 1 Sam. 19:4-6, "And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath ...


I've thought a lot about this too. Cause like you said it doesn't make any sense. The only reason I can come up with, is that Jonathan concocted this plan to explain his absence from the feast. Saul is super paranoid at this point and his son disappears for a bit when he should be partying with him. Shortly afterward Saul finds out that David has fled to ...

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