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Sacred DR Story–The Wise Woman of Abel of Beth-maacah

by Andrea Schneider
August 2015

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Andrea  Schneider

Another story from Charlie Pillsbury of Quinnipiac:

There’s a sacred ADR story in the Second Book of Samuel, which relates how the negotiating skills of a “wise woman” saved her city of Abel of Beth-maacah. 2 Samuel 20: 1-22*.  A man named Sheba son of Bichri tried to incite a rebellion among the people of Israel against King David and the people of Judah. David’s nephew Joab and his soldiers pursued Sheba and the Bichrites, who took refuge in the city of Abel. The following passage tells the rest of the story:

15Joab’s forces came and besieged…Abel of Beth-maacah; they threw up a siege-ramp against the city…. Joab’s forces were battering the wall to break it down. 16Then a wise woman called from the city, “Listen! Listen! Tell Joab, ‘Come here, I want to speak to you’.” 17He came near her; and the woman said, “Are you Joab?” He answered, “I am.” Then she said to him, “Listen to the words of your servant.” He answered, “I am listening.” 18Then she said, “They used to say in the old days, ‘Let them inquire at Abel’; and so they would settle a matter. 19I am one of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel; you seek to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel; why will you swallow up the heritage of the Lord?” 20Joab answered, “Far be it from me, far be it, that I should swallow up or destroy! 21That is not the case! But a man…called Sheba son of Bichri has lifted up his hand against King David; give him up alone, and I will withdraw from the city.” The woman said to Joab, “His head shall be thrown over the wall to you.” 22Then the woman went to all the people with her wise plan. And they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bichri, and threw it out to Joab. So he blew the trumpet, and they dispersed from the city, and all went to their homes, while Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king.*

In reflecting on this text, I can only wonder how life would have been different for the people of Afghanistan and the NATO countries had there been such a “wise woman” and, of course, a NATO general willing to listen to her, who together had devised a similar plan about the fate of Osama bin Laden. Countless lives of both combatants and innocent civilians would have been saved. Lacking both this wisdom and willingness to negotiate, we know all too well the course of this modern tragic story, one that is sadly still unfolding.

*Citations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

Biography


Andrea joined the faculty of Marquette Law School in 1996 where she teaches ADR, Negotiation, International Law, International Conflict Resolution and Art Law. She also helps to run the nationally-ranked ADR program at Marquette Law School. Prior to joining Marquette, Professor Schneider was Visiting Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University as well as an Associate at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C. where she specialized in international corporate transactions. Professor Schneider has also served as a lecturer at Stanford Law School and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School.

Professor Schneider is a co-author of the just published Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model (Aspen, 2004 with Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Lela Love & Jean Sternlight) as well as a co-author of two additional books on negotiation with Roger Fisher, Beyond Machiavelli: Tools for Coping with Conflict and Coping with International Conflict. She is also the author of Creating the Musée d'Orsay: The Politics of Culture in France. Professor Schneider has published numerous articles on negotiation and international law including articles in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Michigan Journal of International Law, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law and the Negotiation Journal.

In 2000, she was given an Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Civil Trial Mediators for her work as the national coordinator for the ABA Law Student Representation in Mediation Competition. Professor Schneider regularly conducts negotiation and mediation trainings for law firms, bar associations, court systems and companies around the country. Past clients include Oracle, MCI, the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Association of ADR Attorneys. She also currently serves at the co-chair of the ABA Task Force on Mediator Credentialing.

Professor Schneider received her A.B. cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy at Princeton University and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. She also received a Diploma from the Academy of European Law in Florence, Italy.



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