To what extent would the kings of Israel and Judah have been involved in the upbringing and instruction of their children? Are there any Biblical references that can help determine this?

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    M'lachim I 1:6 indicates that David failed to ever rebuke Adoniya: "וְלֹא עֲצָבוֹ אָבִיו מִיָּמָיו לֵאמֹר מַדּוּעַ כָּכָה עָשִׂיתָ".
    – Fred
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 1:34
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    @Fred but it implies that's because of the emotional scars of Avshalom, not that he was normally a totally hands-off parent.
    – Shalom
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 4:02
  • "Upbringing and instruction" as in 3-year-old, 13-year-old, or 30-year-old? We find that Ahab's grown son is a mayor, so he's clearly being groomed for the job. Uziyahu's son was running the palace day-to-day for many years due to his father's isolation.
    – Shalom
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 4:04
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    @Shalom with regards to your first comment note Shemos Rabbah 1:1 which states that it was precisely because Dovid did't rebuke Avshalom that he went astray. So there were potentially issues before Adoniya was on the scene?
    – Dov
    Commented Jan 5, 2023 at 8:19
  • Of course if a king had 18 wives and each had a couple of kids, there was only so much he could be around for while still running a country!
    – Shalom
    Commented Jan 5, 2023 at 10:36


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