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Avshalom's Character: Morim Sheet

Avshalom's Character: Morim Sheet

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Shiur for Younger Eidot while the older eidot dealt with David and Batsheva, so a little simplistic and very much oversimplifies Avshalom's character, but valuable nonetheless. Avshalom is a classic power hungry, good-looking politician (the description of his campaign to "steal the hearts of Israel" is eerily similar to what goes on in Iowa every 4 years) who will employ violent means when it suits his ends. This kind of character, who wants to be king very badly, makes for a very bad king.
Shiur for Younger Eidot while the older eidot dealt with David and Batsheva, so a little simplistic and very much oversimplifies Avshalom's character, but valuable nonetheless. Avshalom is a classic power hungry, good-looking politician (the description of his campaign to "steal the hearts of Israel" is eerily similar to what goes on in Iowa every 4 years) who will employ violent means when it suits his ends. This kind of character, who wants to be king very badly, makes for a very bad king.

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 YOUNGER EIDOT SHIUR
 
Background:
Story of David and Avshalom. Avshalom rebels against David. To make a verylong story painfully short.
Objective:
  Avshalom wants power, actively campaigns for it, and attempts to overthrow David. But he is aviolent, vain, and dishonest person, unfit for rule, and his attempts to get the throne merely clueus in to his power-hungry personality.
Trigger:
Discuss this quote:
“The major problem—
one of the major problems, for there are several
one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages toget people to let them do it to them.To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipsofacto, those least suited to do it.To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President
should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
 -Douglas AdamsWhy should this be so?
Sources:
 Shmuel Bet 15:13
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13 A man came in to tell the news to David. The man said, “The people of Israel are beginningto follow Absalom.”
 
How did Avshalom do that?
 Shmuel Bet 15:1-6
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 After this, Absalom got a chariot and horses for himself. He had 50 men run in front of him whilehe drove the chariot. 2 Absalom would get up early and stand near the gate.[a]He would watch for anyone with problems who was going to King David for judgment. Then Absalom would talkt
o them and say, “What city are you from?” They would say they were from such and such tribein Israel. 3 Then Absalom would say, “Look, you are right, but King David will not listen to you.”
 
4 Absalom would also say, “Oh, I wish someone would make me a jud
ge in this country! Then Icould help everyone who comes to me with a problem. I would help them get a fair solution to
their problem.” 5 And if anyone came to Absalom and started to bow down to him, Absalom
would treat him like a close friend
he would reach out and touch him and kiss him. 6 Absalomdid that to all the Israelites who came to King David for judgment. In this way Absalom won thehearts of all the people of Israel.
 
Who is this Avshalom fellow?
Shmuel Bet 14:25-26
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People really bragged about how good-looking Absalom was. No man in Israel was ashandsome as Absalom. Every part of his body was perfect
from his head to his feet. 26 At theend of every year, Absalom cut the hair from his head and weighed it. The hair weighed 200
shekel by the king‟s weight.
Shmuel Bet 13:28-29
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Then Absalom gave this command to his servants, “Wat
ch Amnon. When he is drunk andfeeling good from the wine, I will give you the command. You must attack Amnon and kill him.
Don‟t be afraid of being punished. After all, you will only be obeying my command. Now, bestrong and brave.”29 So Absalom‟s young s
oldiers did what he said. They killed Amnon. But all
of David‟s other sons escaped. Each son got on his mule and escaped.
 Shmuel Bet 14:29-30
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 Absalom sent a message to Joab, asking for permission to see the king, but Joab refused tocome see him. So Absalom sent a second message to Joab. Again, Joab refused to come see
him. 30 Then Absalom said to his servants, “Look, Joab‟s field is next to my field. He has barleygrowing in that field. Go burn the barley.”
 Shmuel Bet 15:7-10
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7 After forty years, Absalom said to King David, “Please let me go to Hebron to complete a
special promise that I made to the Lord. 8 I made that promise while I was still living in Geshur 
in Aram. I said, „If the Lord brings me back to Jerusalem, I will serve the Lord in a special way.‟”
 
9 King David said, “Go in peace.” Absalom went to Hebron. 10 But he also sent spies to all thetribes of Israel. They told the people, “When you hear the trumpet, say, „Absalom is king inHebron!‟”
 
David’s Reaction to Avshalom’s Uprising
 Shmuel Bet 15:14
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