Did David Bring The Ark Of The Covenant To Jerusalem After Defeating The Philistines Or Before?

(2 Samuel 5 & 6; 1 Chronicles 13 & 14)

This "problem" is easily resolved when we look at the events in their proper sequence.

1. 2 Samuel 5:1-5 is a summarized history of the reign of David.

2. 2 Samuel 5:6-16 is the conquest of the Jebusite stronghold - Jerusalem.

3. 2 Samuel 5:17-25 is the battles between David (and his Israelite armies) and the Philistines at Baal Perazim and the Valley of Rephaim.

4. 2 Samuel 6:1-11 is the bringing of the ark of the covenant from the house of Adinadab on a new cart (which was an unauthorized method that costs the life of Uzzah) into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.

5. 2 Samuel 6:12-13 is the second time of the bringing of the ark of the covenant from the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite into Jerusalem, the city of David.

1. 1 Chronicles 13:1-13 is the bringing of the ark of the covenant from the house of Adinadab on a new cart (which was an unauthorized method that costs the life of Uzzah) into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.

2. 1 Chronicles 14:1-16 is the Chronicles writer deciding selectively to place the battles between David (and his Israelite armies) and the Philistines at Baal Perazim and the Valley of Rephaim.

3. 1 Chronicles 15:1-29 is the second time of the bringing of the ark of the covenant from the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite into Jerusalem, the city of David.

 



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