Here's how it works with royalty..jewish, that is...
Yes, you are right, kingship is conferred to the male heir and royalty passed through the males...however, should it occur that a king produces no
male heir , the daughter would be married to a suitable 'royal' from another house or side of the family...or sometimes a chosen virgin from one of
the slave families.
You read about the practice in the Old Testament....a patriarch's wife cannot conceive so he sleeps with his wife's slave girl and the child born is
considered the heir..BUT..it is understood that the slave is a 'surrogate' mother t, that she has no rights, being the 'property' of the
But that was the custom before David, the 1st real 'King' of Israel...[forget Saul, the precursor..he is not really considered 'royal' in the way
And it is his bloodline we are discussing. And this is the strange bit ..In the book of 2nd Samuel , chapter 11 we read about the relationship King
David has with Bathsheba..the wife of Uriah the Hittite. he sees her bathing from his rooftop [naked no doubt] and invites her to come and sleep with
him, which she does. A child is conceived, but God is unhappy with this adulterous behaviour, and despicable break of honor in the King..especially
since, in order to ensure his pleasures with Bathsheba are uninterrupted by the jealous husband, David dispatches Uriah to the most dangerous of front
lines where he is promptly killed. The Bible goes on to say that Bathsheba bears David a son, but as punishment for the grave sin David committed, God
strikes the child with a fever and he dies.
David had other sons by, presumably , 10 other [presumably 'legitimate'wives plus concubines...but after Uriah dies and a suitable period of
'mourning has passed', they marry..[making Bathsheba David's 11th legal wife..BTW note that we are introduced to her in chapter 11]
But we are only told of her bearing one son, who dies. In fact, up to this point every son of David we read about in Samuel has come to a bad end.
So desperate for a legitiimate male heir to be born to King david are his people that even as he lay dying and chilled to the bone..so much so that
even blankets cannot keep him warm, a virgin is procured to sleep with him, but, alas, David cannot get it up and no child is conceived...
But in1st Kings we read that a son of one of david's concubines is making plans to assume the throne..since he is a direct male descendant, in blood,
of his father David.
Now, here comes the strange bit....1st Kings,1: 11 "Then Nathan asked Bathsheba, Solomon's mother, 'Have you not heard that Adonijah, Haggith's
son, has declared himself king with our lord David's knowing it?'
At which point a plan is hatched wherein Bathsheba goes in to remind David of an oath he made [one not recorded in scripture] an oath before God to
make Bathsheba's 2nd son, Solomon, King.
In order to secure his 'dynasty' Solomon's first order of business is to have his older [half-]brother Adonijah killed, thus remaining the only
'legitimate' male heir to the throne, by blood.
For these radical rabbis of modern age to support anyone's claim of being descended from the line of David they would have to prove FIRST a direct
relationship back to King Solomon, who the Bible tells us is the first 'dynastic 'king of israel..the first to inherit a crown through blood..being
the 2nd son of David and his 11th wife.
But Solomon had "a thousand wives" , they say...and you can read all about his antics in the Bible..but here, again is the problem..
As I noted in my other posts..we have yet to find any archeaological evidence of Solomon anywhere in the Holy Land,,we have to corroborating documents
or evidence form the historical record..no coins or statues with his image or imprint..no records of other kings having met him or signed a treaty.
We have Bupkis when it comes to 'evidence' of Solomon..and that goes for his Temple, too.
In fact, here's a site I dug up about a related 'solomonic' relic and you can see what I mean...
On a side note..Jesus's claim to kingship of Israel was based on his being a blood descendant of David through Solomon's line.
And that sets off an entirely new thread about the royal bloodline..the Holy Grail ...something I will not delve into here.
What I would like to emohasize upon closing this epitstle is that it, when reading scripture it is first and foremost all about the numbers.
Non-hebrew speakers are at somehwat of a disadvantage, since you cannot add up the letters in each word and verse and 'see'the whole picture..But,
as I said, if you ask the critical questions and look for the 'indicators' you will still end up pretty close to the real 'truth' of the Bible.
[* HintIt is all about 3's 5's 7's 11's and 40's ....you'll see.]