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YES honestly you read other male/male relationships in the bible and nothing is portrayed as deep as the love (platonic or romantic) they have for each other. at the very least they were homoromantic even if their relationship wasn’t sexual.
Yes, exactly! Very, very few same-gender relationships can compare to theirs and even heterosexual couples in the Hebrew and Christian texts aren’t treated with such a rich and profound narrative. The books of Samuel and, later, the books of Kings are written in such a beautiful and dramatic way in comparison to the other books in canon and the relationship they have is just so beautiful.
And, ughhhh, when Jonathan dies, David shows his son such love and honor and this was so major considering that Mephibosheth was a person with disabilities. He would’ve been a social pariah and David, as king, was so radical in his unashamed respect for him but, honestly, he loved Jonathan so much that he truly, truly wanted to love whatever family he had left behind in death, even when all that was left of him was this small child. This small, nearly forgotten reminder of Jonathan.