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Absalom's Rebellion by eikonik Absalom's Rebellion by eikonik
2 Samuel 18:6-18

6. The army marched into the field to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim.
7. There the army of Israel was defeated by David's men, and the casualties that day were great--twenty thousand men.
8. The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest claimed more lives that day than the sword.
9. Now Absalom happened to meet David's men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom's head got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.
10. When one of the men saw this, he told Joab, "I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree."
11. Joab said to the man who had told him this, "What! You saw him? Why didn't you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels of silver and a warrior's belt."
12. But the man replied, "Even if a thousand shekels were weighed out into my hands, I would not lift my hand against the king's son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ';Protect the young man Absalom for my sake. '
13. And if I had put my life in jeopardy--and nothing is hidden from the king--you would have kept your distance from me."
14. Joab said, "I'm not going to wait like this for you." So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom's heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree.
15. And ten of Joab's armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him.
16. Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and the troops stopped pursuing Israel, for Joab halted them.
17. They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes.
18. During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King's Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, "I have no son to carry on the memory of my name." He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom's Monument to this day.
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HolyArtsAlchemist Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I felt bad when David was mourning Absalom's death.
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T-M-Krisnack Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
David, I think, would not have been out of place in a Greek tragedy. Just look at his life; his buddy Jonathan gets killed, Michal splits with him, his infant son dies, Amnon rapes Tamar, Absalom kills Amnon, Absalom leads a revolt, Joab kills Absalom, signs of a division between Israel and Judah start to show, and then the Philistines rise up. In the end, he probably would have been happier staying a musician.
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HPNotHarryPotter Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Nice.
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rogeruhler Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
I got the vibe that absolom was one of the best looking guys in history.
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HockeyWitch Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
I love this!^^ What a hunk :heart:
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SuperSpieth Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
These are really good.
Do you think you could make a comic book with your artwork.
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robertff Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
As always! AMAZING!
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Kairu-Hakubi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bitchin. you actually managed to depict him EXACTLy as I always imagined.. down to the red hair and blue and gold outfit..

though naturally I tend to imagine a SSJ3.. roffle..
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eclipsa Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009   Photographer
Great Job!
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ShoutingSilence Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
You never disappoint!!
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sallytheragdolly Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
That definetly looks like a son of David.
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Galactusworldeater Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Very nice!
^__^
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Steelwool Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Beast work, but his arms seem too big and his legs are kind of small in proportion with the rest of his body
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MangaManiacNatNeko Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
This is amazing I love the amazing work here and love the hair :D 2 kilos of hair damn thats alot =P May I ask what program you use for colouring because I am having trouble finding cheap decent colouring supplies you know? Great sky and the armour is really SWEEET too :D
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Urikson Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Usually I really love your illustrations but this one is a bit off-mark. First, you made the Israeli army look way too hellenic and secondly, Abesalom was more of a lover, schemer and diplomat and less of a warrior and I doubt he looked that warlike.
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elfvale Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice and accurate. I like how you got his hair down. He was very vain about his hair.
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Sonic-13 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Been reading through Samuel as of recent, this pictures great!

Keep up the great work.
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OddballArtist Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Wow, great design of Absalom.
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BlaineKatsura Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Very nice work. :aww:
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dsydebot Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Looks good! My only slightly critical comment would be how European he looks. Then again, with the stylization involved, it might be hard to bring out the more subtle features emblematic of "Hebraic" peoples.
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HockeyWitch Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
This is awesome! :clap:
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CallingCtulhu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
That's some long hair. Wouldn't want it to get caught in a tree, would we ;)
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ZIM402 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
love the hair + beard : )
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Kelev Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, great take on Absalom! (I'm just getting done with a pic of Ahab and Naboth, so it's odd- in a good way- that you just uploaded some Bible art too. ) The only complaint against Absalom's looks is womanly hair and the absence of his moustache. (Just the historical geek in me is complaining, otherwise I really like this pic!) Great job!
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