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Very brave in writing such an article in our modern context today. ;) It is seemingly difficult to tell by the text alone. One has to ‘read between the lines’ to conclude many things. Another approach could be that we have to understand the account written in a patriarchal setting. They wouldn’t have made as big a deal of it 3000 years ago compared with our current age of reckoning when it comes to sexual abuse. Of course, David doesn’t ultimately get off the hook for such an action and the Scripture makes clear that rape is problematic with Amnon’s raping of Tamar (though it was perhaps more about incestual rape).

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