The teachers continue the study of the life of King David into the Book of II Samuel, chapters 20 and 21.

After a ‘follow-up rebellion’ by Sheva, son of Bichri, results in a chase by Amasa, and then his murder by Yoav, there is an interesting confrontation at the city of Avel.

As the story continues, a famine in the land follows. And the Gibeonites, who first appeared back in the Book of Joshua, again play a central role — with lessons that still apply, not only centuries, but millenia, later.