The Book of Chronicles, stressing their codependent military ties, speaks in glowing terms of both David and Joab.


Rather than put the Amalekites and their livestock to the sword as the Lord commands, Saul spares the best livestock for sacrifice. So Samuel tells him the Lord has torn the kingdom from him and given it to a neighbor, one better than he (1 Samuel 15:28).


Similar incidents later happen in David’s household (2 Samuel 16:21–22; 1 Kings 2:13–25). See Ken Stone, “Sexual Power and Political Prestige,” BR 10:04.


On the idea that David “protests too much,” see Steven L. McKenzie, King David: A Biography (Oxford, 2000); reviewed by Hershel Shanks in “King David: Serial Murderer,” BR 16:06.


For more on how Joab entered the city, see Hershel Shanks, “I Climbed Warren’s Shaft (But Joab Never Did),” BAR 25:06.