While an ordinary foot soldier would often have to carry his own equipment and supplies, it was not uncommon for a man of higher rank to employ a servant to carry things for him.
A description of Israelite armor is given by James Moyer:
Armour included the helmet for the head, scale armour, coats of mail, the breastplate for the body and greaves to cover ...
With only some relatively infrequent exceptions, most ancient armies consisted entirely of infantry. [Cavalry and chariots were occasionally used but very little in Israel.] Thus, the ancient armies were essentially skilled in hand-to-hand combat. [Yes, archers and slingers were sometimes used as well.]
Thus, Joab, as chief of the army would have been a ...
2 Samuel 23 :  reveals an interesting scribal [correction] or "Ketiv-[Qere]" notation in the Masoretic Text to state the exact title : the "Tool-[Bearer]" | [Nose]-Klei (נשאי [נֹשֵׂ֕א] כְּלֵ֖י).
"Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite 'the Equipment-[Bearer]' of Joab son of Zeruiah" (צֶ֖לֶק הָעַמֹּנִ֑י (ס) נַחְרַי֙ הַבְּאֵ֣רֹתִ֔י ...
This ties back to 1 Samuel 31, when Saul, his armor bearer, 3 sons and others who with with Saul that day when they were slain by the Philistines. Some time later, David retrieved their bones (bodies) out of respect, similarly to Joseph's bones being brought back from Egypt upon their release from slavery.
2 Samuel 21:13
David brought the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from there, and the bones of those who had been killed and exposed were gathered up.
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6106: A bone, the body, the substance, selfsame
Indeed, the Hebrew word for bone/bones has a variety of meanings.
Tamar was an inexperienced virgin. She was under incredible, immediate, and existential duress caused directly by a person right in front of her, Amnon. She was not negotiating with him. She was not thinking calmly or clearly. She was just trying to say anything to delay Amnon.
2 Samuel 13:13
What about me? Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what ...
At this time in the world the view of people vastly differed from our current world view and understanding. Which can be seen in various OT scriptures.
In Jewish faith one of the 613 commandments states that if a woman is raped she must marry her attacker. (If she so chooses)
Another thing to make note of is that ...
This story is a significant on several levels but the one we look at here is the matter of so-called, "love" and rape.
In asking the question there is a tacit assumption that Amnon's feeling toward Tamar changed - in fact Amnon's feelings probably did not change.
If a person truly loves another person, then the following automatically follows:
2 Samuel 16:3 The king then asked, “Where is your master’s grandson?”
Ziba said to him, “He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, ‘Today the Israelites will restore to me my grandfather’s kingdom.’ ”
4Then the king said to Ziba, “All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.”
“I humbly bow,” Ziba said. “May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the ...
In the story of 2 Sam 24, note the crucial V18 -
When David saw the angel striking down the people, he said to the
LORD, “Surely I, the shepherd, have sinned and acted wickedly. But
these sheep, what have they done? Please, let Your hand fall upon me
and my father’s house.”
The sequence of the story suggests that the angel was instructed to stop when David ...
Amnon's request seems creepy to us living in modern Western cultures. Let's read it according to its own culture.
Jonadab was a very shrewd man (verse 3b). He knew that Amnon was in love with his half-sister (4c). David was a smart man also, not easy to fool. Yet, Jonadab dared to suggest this scheme to his friend Amnon to fool David. David did not suspect ...
I understand salvation--in the most complete sense of the word--to describe the effect of fully participating in God's plan of salvation. Let's break it down into several of its component parts to look at some of the promises God has extended:
Disclaimer: this is an NT interpretation of an OT text.
Forgiveness of sins
Come now, and let us reason together, ...
Full salvation is that which achieved by Jesus, "he is the mediator of a new covenant", Hebrews 9:15. All from ESV.
In the first covenant we have "the purification of the flesh" Hebrews 9:13.
But "the blood of Christ" is necessary to "purify our conscience". Hebrews 9:14
Another way of seeing this in Hebrews 9 involves ...
David's song in 2 Samuel 22 is almost identical to Psalm 18 which contains the following prelude:
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
David wrote this song before the affair of Bathsheba. So the ...
Of course, God put away David's sin by virtue of the gift of faith in the sacrifice of Christ to come. All believers have their sin put away at the cross.(2 Colossians 12:12-15) Yes...David had enough awareness of that reality through the Scripture and the Prophets. Even Abraham saw Jesus day and rejoiced. (John 8:56) It is interesting to note that God ...
2 Sam 7 is the earliest statement of the promises contained in what is called the Davidic or Royal Covenant as also found and expanded elsewhere, 2 Sam 23:5, 1 Kings 6:11, 12, 8:25, 1 Chron 17:11-14, 2 Chron 6:14-16, 7:17, 18, 13:5, Ps 89:4, 29, 34, 39, 132:11, 12, Jer 33:21, Eze 37:15-28, etc.
As part of this promise, God promised there would always be a ...
As with many prophecies, this one also has double meanings and double fulfillments.
The immediate fulfillment is Solomon. The future ultimate fulfillment is the Messiah. Because of these double meanings. The prophecies are often written ambiguously. That's the nature of prophecies.
If you have some doubts about the Messianic aspect, consider the 3-fold ...