Marrying a foreign princess (2 Samuel 3:3), employing foreign mercenaries (2 Samuel 8:18, 15:18–22), securing the help of the Canaanite/Phoenician Hiram of Tyre to assist in the construction of a palace (2 Samuel 5:11–12), the use of corvée labor (2 Samuel 20:24), the prominence given his Jerusalem-born son Solomon, the turning over of members of Saul’s family for execution to the non-Israelite Gibeonites (2 Samuel 21:1–9), are additional marks that David intended to portray himself as a legitimate Canaanite-style ruler.
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