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Unlike some of the other commentators mentioned, Ralbag accepts Saul’s question at face value and provides a practical explanation: רבים יתמהו איך יתכן שלא ידע שאול בן מי הוא וכבר סיפר במה שקדם שכבר שלח שאול מלאכים אל ישי שישב בנו דוד עמו וידמה כי המלך לרוב עסקיו ולרוב הבאים לפניו לא יוכל להכיר כל אחד מהם בפרט ויתבאר מתשובת דוד לו ששאילת שאול לא היתה כי אם ...


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Caleb's brother is Ram (1 Chronicles 2:9), who is a direct ancestor of David (see the lineage there). As his brother, Caleb couldn't possibly be in the direct line of male ancestors of David, and since she was his wife, neither could Miriam. The Maharsha offers the solution that one of Caleb and Miriam's female descendants could have married one of David's ...


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Prof. Yehudah Elitzur wrote an essay on the subject. In his view, the Amalekite wasn't the son of a convert or even a ger toshav, but an actual 100% Amalekite. What was he doing there? He was a spy. The Amalekites would send off Amalekite youths to collect information in preparation for the many raids the Amalekites did (consider how they first met Yisrael - ...


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To back up a few steps, per the comment's request. Governments have the right to tax. Check out I Samuel 8:11--17, and backing up to Deuteronomy, it says the king can't amass "too much gold and silver, or too many horses" -- which means he has the power to amass some. The Jewish Bible was generally concerned with Jewish governments. The broader ...


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