Loving the wrong man
Michal’s Story in brief
She grew up as a tribal princess – her father was King Saul, her mother Ahinoam
She fell passionately in love with David, but there is no mention of him responding
Saul offered her to David, almost certainly on her prompting. Saul demanded a bride price of one hundred Philistine foreskins – goading David into a dangerous task
David was already close friends with Michel’s brother Jonathan
David got the foreskins – how?- and married Michal
Saul and David quarrelled, and David fled
Michal took sides with David against her father, and saved David’s life
Still from the movie ‘David and Bathsheba’David became a fugative on the run, but he did not contact her or send for her
David took other wives, and Michal realized she had been discarded, not much more than David’s stepping stone to power
Some time later Michal remarried and had a successful and loving marriage
Saul was at war with the Philistines; he his three sons were killed. Michal was now in a precarious position. One of Saul’s sons, her brother Ishbaal, was still alive but he was young and inexperienced. She was without any strong protection
David took the capital, Hebron, and opposed Saul’s one remaining son Ishbaal
David demanded that Michal return to him; possession of Saul’s daughter would enhance his claim to the throne
Michal was reunited with David, by force; her husband was heart-broken to lose her
Reconstruction of the Ark of the Covenant, Tissot
The final quarrel between Michal and David was about respect/disrespect in the presence of the Ark
David murdered Michal’s brother Ishbaal; Michal was virtually a prisoner in David’s harem.
David established Jerusalem as his capital and moved the Ark to Jerusalem
David behaved in an unkingly and indecent way in the Ark procession
Michal reproved him, and they had a blazing quarrel
Michal continued to live in the harem, but she never had any children
19th century drawing of the women’s quarters (harem) of the Turkish Sultan in Istanbul.
A woman could be trapped in the harem for life particularly if, like Michal, she was there against her will. King David’s harem would have been much smaller.
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