"Did Absalom have sons?" (Alleged Contradiction #E2225)
And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.
II Samuel 14:27
Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king’s dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom’s place.
II Samuel 18:18
There are several possibilities:
Absalom’s three sons could have been dead at this point
- His sons were born when he was in exile. Perhaps they were not in Jerusalem and could not have carried his name on in the way Absalom wanted.
- Perhaps Absalom built this tower before he had sons (II Samuel 18:18 says he built the tower “in his lifetime”)
- Perhaps none of his sons accepted his rebellion against the king or his evil acts earlier in life, and so Absalom disowned them
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