Is there a contradiction between 2 Samuel 14:27 and 18:18?
There were born to Absalom three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a beautiful woman. (2 Samuel 14:27 ESV)
Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up for himself the pillar that is in the King's Valley, for he said, “I have no son to keep my name in remembrance.” He called the pillar after his own name, and it is called Absalom's monument to this day. (2 Samuel 18:18 ESV)
The two texts certainly might appear to contradict one another. Is it that Absalom had three sons or he had no son to keep his name in remembrance. In other words how many sons did Absalom have?