Have you not heard that Adonijah
, son of Haggith, has become king, and our lord David does not know (of it)?
First Absalom and then Adonijah
flaunted their pretensions to the throne of their father David by having 50 men run in front of their chariots (II Sam.
Sadler's Wells, who had also finished second to Darshaan in the Prix du Jockey Club and to Teenoso in the King George, lined up for what was then the Phoenix Champion Stakes - being run at Phoenix Park for the first time after its switch from Leopardstown - against a field including the Con Collins-trained Irish Oaks winner Princess Pati and a strong group of challengers from Britain featuring Adonijah
, Desirable and Arlington Million winner Tolomeo.
A supporter of Adonijah
in his quest for David's throne, Abiathar is one of the losers when Solomon eventually becomes king.
Some directors vigorously tried to out-DeMille DeMille in such ancient world productions as the 1959 Solomon and Sheba, which itself used DeMille's biblical stars, namely, George Sanders as Adonijah
(The Saran of Gaza from Samson and Delilah) and Yul Brynner as Solomon (Pharaoh Rameses from the 1956 The Ten Commandments).
At the same time, David's old Commander-in-Chief, Joab, has aligned himself with David's son Adonijah
in rebellion against the king.
The heir God wanted was not Amnon, son of Ahinoam, the Jezreelite (1 Chronicles 3:1) nor Absalom the son of Maacah, nor Adonijah
the son of Haggith, but Solomon the son of Bathsheba.
Weyne Kee Andersson, Barry David Braley, Dennis Edmund Briggs, Hayden Ross Brinkley, Matthew Dean Brown*, Marc Edward Philip Brunt, Sean James Considine, Paul Daiko, Myles De Bastion, Simone Louise De Lima, Lewis France, John Alexander Gibson, Paul Matthew Gibson, Cameron Robert Fraser Gilroy*, David Hall, Benjamin Steven Hartwell, Amanda Jayne Hewitt, Peter John Hinton, Ian Holland*, James Michael Ketley, Toby Lieven, William Maher, Benjamin Marsay, Daniel Meitin Roca, Eilis O'Brien, David Lee Prothero, Oliver Riches, Ian Robson, Daniel Rossati, Morten Rougne, Scott Rutter, Clare Slusar, Nathaniel Loy Adonijah
Smith, Peter Christopher Martin Spence, Karin Thain, Benjamin Michael Thomas, Thomas Andrew Thursfield, James Turner*, Tom Wall, Josef James Wynn, *First Class Honours
and Director of African American Studies at Middle Tennessee University, Adonijah
HIGH rollers enjoy a real penalty kick as Lester steers guv'nor Henry Cecil's evens fav Adonijah
to an eight length victory in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes.
Likewise, we can have a richer appreciation of the story of Cain and Abel if we know that fratricide will become a recurring theme--Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Abimelek and his brothers, Absalom and Amnon, the woman of Tekoa's story of two brothers--culminating in Solomon's executing his brother Adonijah
and thus establishing the stability of the Davidic line on the throne of Israel.
This may be because of his slaying of David's rebellious son Absalom (II Samuel 18) or because of his support of Adonijah
rather than Solomon as the successor to David (I Kings 1:25).