The stories of Caleb and David come together in the story of Nabal and Abigail in 1 Samuel 25. Nabal is a wealthy Calebite, perhaps their chief. And David brings the Calebites into Judah as a result of the death of Nabal and his marriage to the widow.
Baruch Halpern and Jon Levenson, who have written about the political significance of David’s marriages, claim that this story originated in the royal court at a time when people still remembered how David brought the clan of Caleb under his sway. They raise the question of how much special interests within the royal court shaped this story.
In the next to the last chapter of David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory, Jacob L. Wright goes his own way on this question.
“In the course of this chapter, I will adopt a new approach to this question. Instead of…
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