Monday, September 07, 2009


I discovered a new thing today. It happens quite often that people in the Bible are described by the ancestry of their mothers. Three of King David's best friends and soldiers were the 'sons of Zeruiah'. I realised today that Zeruiah was David's sister. So Joab and co were David's nephews. That puts a bit of a different spin on understanding some of the events in David's life.


Steve Hayes said...

Sometimes mainstream historians speak scathingly of genealogy, but how can you recognise nepotism without it?

Jenny Hillebrand said...

I never thought of that.
Though it would seem that in the case Joab and his brothers did earn their positions. But the relationship certainly gives an explanation for why David did not punish Joab for some of the really stupid things that he did. He let Solomon do that instead!