It is the conviction of the author that the purpose of the story in 2 Samuel 6 can only be appreciated when the full force of the stylistic details are noted. This article offers such a close reading of this chapter.
This is the third in a trilogy of articles which looks at Eli, Jephthah, and David as biblical examples of bad fathers. This article focuses on the relationship of David to Tamar, and how David responded to rape of his daughter. Through this example the author tackles the problem of fathers being absent from their family.