The Bible describes many crimes, ranging from the most common, such as theft, deceit or betrayal, to the most horrendous, such as rape, murder, war crimes or genocide.
In this second volume exploring crimes in the Bible, Serge Janouin-Benanti takes us to the dark side of the reigns of the most famous kings of Israel: Saul, David, and Solomon.
Though there may be fewer massacres in this volume, the protagonists are violently animated by human passions that push them to betrayal, rape, assassination, and human sacrifice, among other crimes.
The complex characters of Saul, David, and Solomon are revealed, along with their weaknesses. The plot revolves around many important figures who are not just secondary characters, including
Samuel, Jonathan, Michal, Doeg, the necromancer of Endor, Nabal, Abigail, kings Akish and Ish-Bosheth, Abner, Joab, Amasa, Bathsheba, Uriah the Hittite, Nathan, Tamar, Amnon, Absalom, Adonijah, Achithophel, Shimei, Rizpah, Abishag, the Queen of Sheba, Naamah, Rehoboam, and Jeroboam.
An engaging and original retelling of stories from the Bible.