2 Samuel is a historical narrative that likely originated with separate oral units of history that were combined into a written volume.
- 2 Samuel 1:8-10
- Who killed Saul?
- 2 Samuel 6:6
- Was God unfair to Uzzah? [Off Site] -- part of a larger article. Also, was he killed at the place of Nachon or Childon (1 Chr. 13:9)? Childon is the most likely answer, and Nachon is likely a later textual corruption. Translators are not certain whether to understand "Nachon" as a proper name or an adjective ("secure," "certain"), and the manuscriupt tradition varies, suggesting that something went amiss in the copying process.
- 2 Samuel 6:23, 21:8
- How many kids did Michal have?
- 2 Samuel 7:13-16
- Did God tell lie to David?
- 2 Samuel 8:4
- 700 or 7000 (per 1 Chronicles 18:4) horsemen? Keil and Delitzsch have a most convincing solution, that the word for chariotry ( rekeb ) was inadvertently omitted by the scribe in copying 2 Sam 8:4, and that the second figure, seven thousand (for the parasim
"cavalrymen"), was necessarily reduced to seven hundred from the seven
thousand he saw in his Vorlage for the simple reason that no one would write
seven thousand after he had written one thousand in the recording of the one
and the same figure.
The omission of rekeb might have occurred with an earlier scribe, and the reduction of seven thousand to seven hundred would have followed by chain reaction when the defective copy was next copied by a later scribe. But in all probability the Chronicles figure is right and the Samuel numbers should be corrected to go with it.
- 2 Samuel 10:4
- Was David's reaction excessive?
- 2 Samuel 10:18
- 700 or 7000 charioteers? Horsemen or footmen?
- 2 Samuel 12:7
- Did God treat women as property? [Off Site]
- 2 Samuel 14:27, 18:18
- The first verse says Absalom had three sons; the second, none. Contradiction? Not technically, since it only records what Absalom said of himself at sone point in his "lifetime". Given that the three sons are not named, but the daughter is (which is unusual, for usually the opposite is true) it is likely that these three sons died in the interim, either of natural causes or as a result of Absalom's attempts to take over Israel.
- 2 Samuel 17:25
- Who was Amasa's father?
- 2 Samuel 21:12
- Who killed Saul?
- 2 Samuel 21:19
- Who killed Goliath?
- 2 Samuel 22:12
- Does God dwell in light, or darkness?
- 2 Samuel 22:16
- Does this verse teach a supported earth?
- 2 Samuel 23:8, 18
- Could one man kill this many people at once?
- 2 Samuel 24
- Who moved for the census -- God or Satan? [Off Site]
- 2 Samuel 24:9
- Why the divergency in numbers for the armies?
- 2 Samuel 24:13
- Were there seven years of famine offered, or three (per 1 Chronicles 21:11)? Three is the more likely reading, favored by the LXX and by symmetry with the other punishments offered (three months of flight from enemies, three days of plague). Samuel was hit by a copyist error. See our foundational essay on copyist errors for general background.
- 2 Samuel 24:24
- Did David pay 50 shekels of silver, or 600 shekels of gold (1 Chr. 21:25)? He paid the same amount, in later terms -- keep in mind that Chronicles was written in the Persian period, some 600 years after David. This is an intentional anachronism of the sort used by all ancient and modern historians intended to show a value in terms their readers could grasp.