May 1, II Samuel 2:8-17
In these first three verses we have what appears to be a contradiction in times. Abner made Ish-Bosheth king, but not in territory traditionally in Israel, the Philistines were occupying that territory after the defeat of Saul. At the same time David was made king in Judah. It reads that Ish-Bosheth ruled 2 years and David ruled seven and a half so there is a conflict. Both were kings for the same amount of time but Ish-Bosheth remained beyond the Jordan for two years before returning to Israel's lands. At this time they came to Gibeon and met with David's army. Most likely Abner was rebuilding an army to come in and take Israel back from the Philistines and from David. War is stupid no matter when how or where it's fought but sometimes necessary. This begins with at least some logic, representative champions for each side are sent to battle but they all die. And so the battle begins between the armies.