Warriors

Find detailed information, studies, and artwork of the Bible’s famous and not-so-famous warriors.

An illustration of Jonathan in the Bible climbing a rock
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Jonathan in the Bible: Humble Prince, Brave Warrior

David and Jonathan’s friendship often overshadows Jonathan’s accomplishments as a warrior and prince. He was a leader and warrior in his own right, what is most remarkable is his humility vis-a-vis his father Saul. His response to the young, charismatic warrior coming to the scene, David, starkly contrasts Saul’s. While Saul is overtaken by jealousy, […]

Image of a fierce warrior, Uriah the HIttite
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Uriah the Hittite: A Faithful Warrior

Uriah the Hittite is one of the least appreciated warriors in the Bible. He is known as the man King David murdered to cover up his affair with Bathsheba. Even though he is a central figure in the II Samuel 11 account, he is overshadowed by the renowned King David and the enormity of David’s

Image of Absalom in the Bible, David's son.
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Absalom: Expert Politician, Failed Warrior

Absalom, King David’s son who staged a coup against him, was a deeply disturbed and complicated character. While his grievances against his father were legitimate, his almost pathological response to his father’s injustice revealed his true nature. His ultimate desire was to supplant his father as king, but the search for true justice was never

Image of the warrior Asahel running, one of David's mighty men.
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Asahel: David’s Fastest Warrior

Asahel in the Bible is better known for his swiftness on foot. However, there is more to this young military hero. He was considered an elite warrior and a leader of men. His bull-headed persistence cost him his life early in his military career, but he is named among some of King David’s mightiest men.

Abishai in the Bible, David's warrior
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Abishai in the Bible: Fearless Warrior

Abishai, the little-known warrior who saved David’s life, was an instrumental commander in David’s military. He is not as well known as his notorious brother, Joab, but he was just as capable and just as fearless. Abishai held two prominent positions within David’s military. He typically commanded a division in the army and was a

Benaiah in the Bible
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Benaiah: David’s Elite Warrior and Executioner

You have heard of “David and Goliath” and “Daniel in the Lion’s Den,” but have you heard of “Benaiah and the Egyptian” or “Benaiah and the Ariels of Moab”? If you have not, you are not alone. He is not a well-known figure in Christian circles, but he should be. David was a skilled warrior,

King David, the Rise of the Warrior King
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King David: The Rise of the Warrior King

King David is the second most mentioned individual in the Bible; Jesus is the first. Much of the text dedicated to David details his military exploits. He was not only a king but a fierce warrior. He would exert the necessary violence to expand and maintain his empire and yet had a deep sense of

David's mighty men, the thirty image with sword
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David’s Mighty Men and Their Incredible Feats

David was a great conqueror, but he was not a one-man show. There are several large sections of text in the Bible that name key military figures in David’s army. These men helped him secure his throne. A group called David’s Mighty Men (also known as “The Thirty”) appears in two sections of scripture, I

Joab in the Bible
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Joab: Commander of David’s Army

Joab is David’s nephew, the son of his sister Zeruiah, who became the commander of David’s military during his reign. As a fearless and talented commander, he was responsible for the defeat and capture of many city-states. He remained fiercely loyal to King David until the end of his reign. At that point, however, he

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