Like what:

`Israel becomes a nation under the kingship of David, although David never seems to get the kingly feel(ing). Michal thinks of herself as David's queen more than as his wife (ref Charles & Diana), and the couple begin to find fault with each other's attitude.

About time:

Around 900 BC following the period of the Judges. `Benjamite tribe's reduction.


Continuing through 2nd Samuel, `?with Michal outliving David. `Paralled by sections of `.

Into it:

(additional, topical ref.s) On the whole, Davy seems to have been drawn to situations where passions flouted decorum: Abigail [1Sa 25], Bathsheba [2Sa 11], Abishag [1Ki 1], concubines [2Sa 16:21-22, 20:3].



Here goes:

`In his moments of rage and denial he could attack his own family, issue a regrettable decree, alienate his subjects, show an unkingly image, injure or abuse someone. - avoid exposure of this condition, lessen the severity of any demonstrations, and hopefully arrest the progress of its influence

Saul falls further into disfavor (note Witch of Endor disgrace) - primary task as first king is to unite the tribes: is determined (almost ruthless - note Benjamite remnant) and does the best job of nearly any king in this regard - but in asserting himself in this function, he uses nationalist feeling against other groups inhumanely (see Gibeonites [`?city of Gibeon vs Gibeah capitol]), and begins to overrule Samuel and usurp priestly prerogatives from God's view

falling out of Michal with David ostensibly over regal personna as ark is brought to Jerusalem (actually= resentment at displacement of father and Benjamite dynasty?, any children?) - breakup due to David's self- assertion

2 Sam 3:13-16 And he said, Well; I will make a league with thee: but one thing I require of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my face, except thou first bring Michal Saul's daughter, when thou comest to see my face. 14 And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines. 15 And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel the son of Laish. 16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.

2 Sam 21:1-14 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. 2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.) 3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD? 4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you. 5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel, 6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the king said, I will give them. 7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the LORD'S oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul. 8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite: 9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest. 10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night. 11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done. 12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa: 13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged. 14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was entreated for the land.

it's easy to imagine the reaction of Michal to David's preference of the son of his good buddy [1Sa 18:3] over the sons of his onetime wife, though not recorded in scripture (perhaps just as well)