The ultimate heterosexual lover, the virile king, the supreme male, the chosen one. He surrendered his father’s monarchy and his own right to the throne. The text explicitly reads, “Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him; for he loved him as he loved his own life.” (v. The ultimate heterosexual lover, the virile king, the supreme male, the chosen one. Beyond Israel As a feminist, I have always taken the side of Bathsheba, Michal, and Abigail.17) After Jonathan revealed to David his father’s plan to kill David, the text reads, “…and they kissed each other, and wept with each other; David wept the more.” (v. These women’s lives were sacrificed in the creation of the greatest king of Israel.

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Furthermore, in 2 Samuel 3, six sons were born to David by six different women.

The birth of the six sons of David meant that the House of David was strengthened.

According to the narrative, God establishes the dynasty of David saying, “…

I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

The king took the sons of Rizpah, the concubine of Saul, and the five sons of Merab, the daughter of Saul.

And the Gibeonites impaled them, a form of torture where a victim’s body is pierced with a stake, like an animal for roasting.In the creation myth in Chapter 1, the narrative states that humankind was created in God’s image and God created both male and female.(v26-27) Then, both are blessed and given stewardship of creation.In a final act of ultimacy, virility and supremacy, David annihilated the sons and heirs of Saul.Perhaps it can be said, when males are consumed by the need for power and authority, they lose their own humanity.How much kinder David could have been if he knew that there is a world beyond Israel?