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Why did the Davidic dynasty need to come from questionable relations?

See the gemara in Yoma 22b. This was orchestrated in order to ensure the longevity of his kingdom. As Rabbi Yoḥanan said in the name of Rabbi Shimon ben Yehotzadak: One appoints a leader over the ...
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Why did Goliat fall on his face?

Purely from a physics perspective, the mass of the stone, even when moving at speed, is not significant enough to reverse Goliath's forward momentum. There are many movies where people are shown to ...
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Why didn't Shaul know who David was when David fought Goliath?

This is a question asked by many commentators, so your wife is in good company :) I'll bring four of the above-mentioned commentators here: Rashi (Samuel 1, 17, 55) (partial) וכי לא היה מכירו ...
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For those who hold that David sinned, how was he allowed to ever marry Bat Sheba?

The Gemara in Kesubos 9a asks that question and gives two answers 1) The woman only becomes forbidden (to her husband, and as a consequence also to the adulterer) if she willingly commits adultery. ...
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Why did Goliat fall on his face?

Rashi addresses this. From Sefaria: And he fell face downward. He should have fallen backwards since he had been struck on his forehead. But, in order that Dovid should not be troubled to walk [the ...
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Source for how Agag had a child after being captured

Amalekites and magic: The Amalekites' ability to change into animals is brought by Rashi on Shmuel 1:15:3 and the Rid on the same verse, and mentioned as a midrash in the Kitzur Ba'al Haturim's ...
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Why does David refuse to kill Shimi b. Gera, but then later tell Shlomo to kill him?

Both Targums on Esther 2:5 identify The Shimei in Mordecai's lineage with Shimei Ben Gera. They state that David saw through a prophetic experience that Mordecai (and Esther according to the first ...
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Was it David's custom to go into battle without an armour?

I wrote an essay a couple of years ago that dealt, in part, with these questions. The answer to your first question is: Yes and no. David's military uniform depended on which weapon he was using in ...
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Difference between sins of Saul and sins of David?

David's sin was a personal matter, Saul's was national. King Saul was personally commanded to eradicate Amalek. This was a national interest which was under his authority as king. When he sinned and ...
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Why is Yiftach's sacrifice of his kin looked at so negatively, while Chana's "sacrifice" of kin so positively?

I admit that don't have a source for the following distinction. But there's a logical distinction between the cases. Shmuel was consecrated to Hashem. Chana didn't abandon him, or "lock him up" ...
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Was Yoav considered a murderer regarding Uriah the Hittite?

Kiddushin 43a: האומר לשלוחו צא הרוג את הנפש הוא חייב ושולחיו פטור שמאי הזקן אומר משום חגי הנביא שולחיו חייב שנא' (שמואל ב יב, ט) אותו הרגת בחרב בני עמון One who says to his agent: "Go and ...
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Question about Shmuel 1:11:11 and Tehillim 83:8

The Radak makes your point in Divrei Hayamim to suggest that the Amonim are a different nation than the B'nei Amonim. In the story in Shmuel, they are referred to as Amonim throughout, not B'nei Amon, ...
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When was book of Shmuel written?

Abarbanel discusses this issue in his introduction to Sefer Yehoshua and concludes (my translation): "And it seems that when Yirmiyahu wished to write Sefer Melachim, he clarified Sefer Shmuel ...
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Why did Goliat fall on his face?

The Midrash in Vayikra Rabbah 10:7 brings four reasons: שֶׁלֹּא יִצְטָעֵר אוֹתוֹ צַדִּיק שֵׁשׁ אַמּוֹת וָזָרֶת - (As has already been mentioned), so that the tzaddik Dovid would not have to bother ...
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Demon Possession in Judaism

Like many other beliefs, Judaism doesn't have a clear opinion on the matter, but individual Jews do. Rashi, for example, believed in demons and gives that explanation of ruah raah in Eruvin 45b s.v. ...
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Difference between sins of Saul and sins of David?

This question is addressed in the Responsa of the Sages of Provence # 71. Essentially the answer is that although David's sin was much more serious than Saul's, David immediately confessed when ...
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Did David held kashrut when invited to a meal?

I assume you're referring to this verse: וּדְבַ֣שׁ וְחֶמְאָ֗ה וְצֹאן֙ וּשְׁפ֣וֹת בָּקָ֔ר הִגִּ֧ישׁוּ לְדָוִ֛ד וְלָעָ֥ם אֲשֶׁר-אִתּ֖וֹ לֶאֱכ֑וֹל כִּ֣י אָמְר֔וּ הָעָ֗ם רָעֵ֛ב וְעָיֵ֥ף וְצָמֵ֖א ...
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Why did the Davidic dynasty need to come from questionable relations?

Good question. (1) We each have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, and the numbers keep growing exponentially in powers of two. So each one of us has A LOT of ancestors – ...
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For those who claim that David didn't sin, why didn't he marry Bat Sheva right away?

Rabbeinu Tam seems to be the one who holds that a full, non-conditional, divorce was given before going out to war. Tosfos in Kesubos 9B explains that even so it was done in secret so that people ...
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How do we reconcile the 2 burial places of Rachel?

In Tosefta Sotah 11:7 the verses from Genesis and Samuel are discussed. It is concluded that the prophet Samuel meant that the group of prophets that Saul will meet are right now near the tomb of ...
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Were Prophets originally called "Seers"?

The earlier times discussed in the Passuk were the generation of Shemuel, not the days of the Torah. This is expressed clearly by Ri Kara here: כשהוא אומר כי לנביא היום יקרא לפנים הרואה מה שהדור ...
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How could Samuel sacrifice not in the central place with the Levites?

This episode took place after the destruction of Shiloh (as you mentioned in your question) but before the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem by King Solomon. During this period, there was a ...
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David's Idol: why did he have one?

The question is what does the word Terafim / תרפים mean and connote. The Targum translates it as צלמניא or forms. Rashi there writes: את התרפים. עשויים בדמות גוף אדם A manlike figure. Made ...
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How Could David Kill the Ger Amaleki Based on Halacha?

This exact question is asked by Malbim. איך הרגו על פי הודאת עצמו ואין עדים והתראה He provides three possible answers: The fellow was not Jewish and just as other judicial conditions do not apply ...
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Are there Answers for Objections to Saul's Reign Length?

You are correct that Seder Olam (the earliest work of Jewish chronology, presumed to date from the second century CE) does assign only two years to Saul's reign, and a number of later bible ...
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What’s the deal with צרויה?

In the commentary by the anonymous student of Rasag to Divrei Hayamim 1:2:16 he writes: ""and their sisters Tzruyah and Avigail" - And Tzruyah's husband was S'rayah, and not S'rayah ...
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Was King Saul's body cremated after he died?

I Samuel 31:11-12 The inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard about him - about what the Philistines had done to Saul - and all the daring men arose and went throughout the night, and took the remains ...
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Did Avshalom sleep with the ten concubines of Dovid?

II Shmuel 16:22 And they spread for Absalom a tent upon the roof; and Absalom came to his father's concubines before the eyes of all Israel. Note that the pasuk does not give the names or number ...
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Why do some translators translate "to prophesy" as to "speak in ecstasy"?

According to Merriam-Webster, “ecstasy” means, among other things: 1a: a state of being beyond reason and self-control 3: TRANCE especially: a mystic or prophetic trance Prophecy seems to ...
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