The Wives Of King David Series by Jill Eileen Smith
The Many Wives of David in the Bible
In the biblical narrative , David is a young shepherd who gains fame first as a musician and later by killing the enemy champion Goliath. He becomes a favorite of King Saul and a close friend of Saul's son Jonathan. Worried that David is trying to take his throne, Saul turns on David. After Saul and Jonathan are killed in battle, David is anointed as King. David conquers Jerusalem , taking the Ark of the Covenant into the city, and establishing the kingdom founded by Saul. As king, David commits adultery with Bathsheba , leading him to arrange the death of her husband Uriah the Hittite. Because of this sin, God denies David the opportunity to build the temple, and his son Absalom tries to overthrow him.
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David is familiar to most people as a great hero in the Bible because of his confrontation with Goliath of Gath, a giant Philistine warrior. David is also known because he played the harp and wrote psalms. However, these were only some of David's many accomplishments. David's story also includes many marriages that influenced his rise and fall. Many of David's marriages were politically motivated. For example, King Saul , David's predecessor, offered both of his daughters at separate times as wives for David. For centuries, this "bond of blood" concept -- the idea that rulers feel bound to the kingdoms ruled by their wives' relatives -- was often employed, and just as often violated.