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Bahurim was a village east of Jerusalem, in the territory of Benjamin (see Tribal Lands). The precise location of Bahurim is unknown, however from the Scripture accounts we know that it was on the road between Jerusalem and The Jordan Valley, and not far from The Mount Of Olives (shown in the photograph). Bahurim is one of the Bible Places mentioned in events of Bible History involving King David.


Mount Of Olives When David's former wife returned to him, her husband followed her as far as Bahurim:

"But her husband went with her, weeping after her all the way to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, "Go, return"; and he returned." (2 Samuel 3:16 RSV)

During one of the most troubled times of his life, while fleeing from his rebellious son Absalom who had just staged a coup against his father, David was heckled by a man from Bahurim:

"When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; and as he came he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David, and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And Shimei said as he cursed, "Begone, begone, you man of blood, you worthless fellow! The Lord has avenged upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and The Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your ruin is on you; for you are a man of blood." (2 Samuel 16:5-8 RSV)

David's men Jonathan (the son of Abiathar, not to be confused with Saul's son Jonathan) and Ahimaaz hid in a well at Bahurim after nearly being captured by Absalom's troops while gathering information in the area:

"Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were waiting at Enrogel; a maidservant used to go and tell them, and they would go and tell King David; for they must not be seen entering the city. But a lad saw them, and told Absalom; so both of them went away quickly, and came to the house of a man at Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard; and they went down into it. And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and scattered grain upon it; and nothing was known of it. When Absalom's servants came to the woman at the house, they said, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" And the woman said to them, "They have gone over the brook of water." And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem. After they had gone, the men came up out of the well, and went and told King David. They said to David, "Arise, and go quickly over the water; for thus and so has Ahithophel counseled against you." (2 Samuel 17:17-21 RSV)

When David returned to Jerusalem after his son Absalom's coup failed, Shimei, the man of Bahurim who had earlier heckled David when he thought David was finished (2 Samuel 16:5-8, quoted above), realized that he had made a very big, and very nearly deadly, mistake - but David allowed him to live, not likely out of any concern for Shimei, but as a political gesture to the Benjamites as a whole, who were then recognizing David as their king, finally putting an end to the claims to the throne by the Benjamites (i.e. David of Judah replaced Saul of Benjamin as king of all Israel).

"And Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, from Bahurim, made haste to come down with the men of Judah to meet King David; and with him were a thousand men from Benjamin. And Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, with his fifteen sons and his twenty servants, rushed down to the Jordan before the king, and they crossed the ford to bring over the king's household, and to do his pleasure. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was about to cross the Jordan, and said to the king, "Let not my lord hold me guilty or remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem; let not the king bear it in mind. For your servant knows that I have sinned; therefore, behold, I have come this day, the first of all the house of Joseph to come down to meet my lord the king."

"Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered, "Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the Lord's anointed?"

"But David said, "What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be as an adversary to me? Shall any one be put to death in Israel this day? For do I not know that I am this day king over Israel?" And the king said to Shimei, "You shall not die." And the king gave him his oath" (2 Samuel 19:16-23 RSV)

Fact Finder: Bahurim was in the territory of Benjamin. Who was Benjamin?
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