third son whose mother is
מַעֲכָה בַּת תַּלְמַי .
is raped by their half brother
into his house. Two years after that,
gets his revenge when he kills
at sheep shearing festivities.
then escapes to
to his maternal grandfather
with whom he stays for three years. Thanks to the intervention of
is persuaded to allow
to return to
is not allowed in the palace but remains unseen by
for two more years. In order to get
sets his field on fire;
then agrees to get
an audience with
but is soon betrayed by him. Chapters 15 through 19 in
tell the story of
first builds up popular support among the people and then declares himself king in
when he realizes that the nation is with his son. He takes with him soldiers and loyalists all weeping at their misfortune.
advice and sleeps with
concubines who have remained in
a sign of
usurpation of his father's throne. But God forces
battle plan over
which was objectively sounder. When
finally sends out an army to confront
men are victorious and 20,000 men of Israel are killed.
riding a donkey under a terebinth tree, gets his hair caught in the branches and is stuck there.
is trapped and he kills the prince while he hangs in the tree. Before his death,
had set up a monument to himself called
"יד אבשלום ".