Joab

Image of a fierce warrior, Uriah the HIttite
Warriors

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 the Forest of Ephraim aka wood of Ephraim. It shows trees with blood on trunks.
Battles

Wood of Ephraim: a Bloody End to a Coup

Absalom’s attempt to steal the throne from his father King David would end in a bloodbath. The battle raged in a place called the Wood of Ephraim also known as the Forest of Ephraim. This battle showcased David’s experience with irregular warfare leading to victory for his men and a disastrous defeat for Absalom. Absalom

Image of Absalom in the Bible, David's son.
Warriors

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

david's military
Military Units

The Organization of David’s Military

Three main branches made up King David’s military, the Army, the Militia, and the Royal Guard. The Thirty (David’s Mighty Men) was a smaller, but unique group within this military structure comprised of David’s most elite warriors. In the Biblical text, the existence of an army and royal guard during the Davidic Kingdom is abundantly

Benaiah in the Bible
Warriors

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,

David's mighty men, the thirty image with sword
Warriors, Military Units

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
Warriors

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

Joab in the Capture of Jerusalem - City of David
Battles

How Jerusalem Became the “City of David”

Jerusalem is an ancient city and has been politically and strategically important for millennia. Even today, Jerusalem is the subject of hot debate. When President Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem it drew hard criticism from not only Arab nations, but other world powers as well. They were afraid it would destabilize the region.

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