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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 […]

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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

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Benaiah, Commander of David’s Guard

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,

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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

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