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Thursday, January 11 2018
Children Of King David: Amnon
"Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her"
Ahinoam, the English-language rendering of the Hebrew name pronounced awk-ee-no-awm, was a woman of Jezreel (a northern city of Israel within the allotted territory of the tribe of Issachar; see also The Israel Lottery) who became a wife of King David (not to be confused with another woman named Ahinoam who was a wife of King Saul i.e. "the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz" 1 Samuel 14:50 KJV). Ahinoam of Jezreel was the mother of David's firstborn son, Amnon.
"3:2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 3:4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 3:5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron." (2 Samuel 3:2-5 KJV)
King David had many wives and many children. It was a complex family situation that produced seemingly-endless competitive and predatory problems - some political, some just plain barbaric lust. One of the most infamous incidents was Amnon's assault of his half-sister Tamar.
Amnon developed an incestuous lust for his half-sister ("I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister"). When his degenerate desire became known to "Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother" (i.e. Jonadab and Amnon were first-cousins), apparently equally-degenerate Jonadab ("Jonadab was a very subtil man") devised a sexual ambush for Tamar.
"13:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.
When good-intentioned Tamar came to tend to her supposedly sick brother (he was sick, but not in the way that he faked), he attacked her. His lust then immediately turned to hate: "Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her."
"13:6 So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.
The attack destroyed Tamar's life: "Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house." Absalom, Tamar's full-brother, then decided to destroy Amnon's life, by murder.
"13:20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house. 13:21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth. 13:22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar." (2 Samuel 13:20-22 KJV)
Absalom waited about two years for the revenge - perhaps because Amnon was a fierce and deadly fighter (like his father David, who almost certainly was the one who taught his firstborn son and heir-apparent to be a winning warrior). Absalom nevertheless arranged for Amnon to be made "merry with wine" at a time and place where his guard would be down, and then killed by "the servants of Absalom" while he feasted.
"13:23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons. 13:24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go with thy servant.
Fact Finder: Why was David living in Hebron where Amnon was born?
This Day In History, January 11
630: Muhammad led his conquering army of 10,000 to Mecca (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1055: Theodora was crowned Empress of the Byzantine (East Roman) Empire. She was the last of the Macedonian dynasty.
1672: Isaac Newton became a member of the Royal Society.
1690: Louis Frontenac, the governor of "New France" (much of the eastern half of North America), launched an attack against British settlements in New York, New Hampshire, and Maine.
1693: Sicily's Mt. Etna erupted.
1775: Yemelyan Pugachov, Cossack rebel, was executed by tsarist Russia.
1775: Francis Salvador became the first (known) Jew elected to office in North America.
1787: Titania and Oberon, moons of Uranus, were discovered by William Herschel.
1814: Joachim Murat, king of Naples, ended his association with Napoleon and entered into an alliance with the Austrians.
1815: Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1839: Over 700 people were killed by an earthquake in Martinique.
1901: Western nations agreed on a partition of China after threatening to use force ("gunboat diplomacy") to open the Chinese economy to them. Up to that time, China was isolationist, expressing no interest in foreign trade. Ironically, a century later, the same western nations are now threatening to block the trade from China that they themselves demanded by force. (see also What Really Happens In A Trade War?).
1922: A 14 year old Canadian boy, Leonard Thompson, became the first person to have his diabetes successfully treated with insulin. The discovery of insulin was made by Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best, medical researchers in Toronto.
1923: French and Belgian troops occupied the Ruhr to collect reparations.
1943: The U.S. and Britain relinquished territorial rights in China (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1943: The Soviet Red Army encircled the German invasion forces at Stalingrad (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1964: The U.S. Surgeon General reported that cigarettes are harmful to health.
1972: East Pakistan renamed itself as Bangladesh.
1973: The trial of the Watergate burglars began in Washington. The attempted cover up of their criminal activity eventually caused the resignation of Richard Nixon (see The Impeachment Of The President) and the imprisonment of a number of high officials in the Nixon regime, including Attorney General (the highest law-enforcement position in the country) John Mitchell (the self-declared "law and order" defender) who was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half to eight years in prison.
1989: 140 nations agreed to ban chemical weapons.
2001: Lucien Bouchard resigned as Premier of Quebec after his repeated failure to separate the Province away from Canada.
2003: Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois' death row based on the Jon Burge scandal.