In this group of studies, we’re looking at four Old Testament women who have a common connection with King David; three (Michal, Abigail and Bathsheba were wives and the fourth, Tamar, was his daughter).
It is useful to have a broad picture of David’s household as far as the Bible tells us, which may help to place the four women into the context of his life and loves, for this was a culture far removed from our own in terms of marriage, though less so perhaps when we look at the political situation.
David is described as cementing his relations with various political and national groups through marriage. He is described as having eight wives: Michal, the second daughter of King Saul; Ahinoam the Jezreelite; Abigail the Carmelite, previously wife of Nabal; Maachah, daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; Haggith; Abital; Eglah; and Bathsheba.
The stories of these four women are intertwined at times, and include other members of the extended family, some in a helpful role, others very definitely not! It is possible to see them as stories that would fit nicely into the soap operas that form part of our TV viewing, and there is also great tragedy, violence, intrigue and betrayal to add to the mix!
But then, this is the Old Testament!
So we begin our studies with his first wife Michal , looks at the lives of Abigail and Bathsheba before ending with the sad and tragic story of Tamar.
Sample study - download as a pdf
Study 1 - Michal: a daughter in love
Study 2 - Abigail: wise and beautiful
Study 3 - Bathsheba: one of life's survivors
Study 4 - Tamar: a tragic victim
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