David's Wars

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  1. David's Wars (Part I)

    Chapter 8

    Rabbi Amnon Bazak

    After Nathan's vision, David leads a series of military victories over surrounding nations. What is the relationship between this chapter and the previous one, which begins with the words "And it came to pass, when the king dwelt in his house, and God had given him rest from all his enemies round" (7:1)? Why did David treat Moab with particular cruelty? Why did David "Hough all the chariot horses," and how does this action differentiate him from Shaul?

  2. Lesson 25: Man of Blood

    Prof. Yehuda Elitzur

    This essay reviews David's many battles and military encounters, and claims that despite all of these wars, David maintained a man of peace with a passionate regard for human life.