In this groundbreaking study, Jacob L. Wright addresses all these questions and presents a new way of reading the biblical accounts. His work compares the function of these accounts to the role war memorials play over time.
David, King of the Jews, possessed every flaw and failing of which a mortal is capable, yet men and women adored him, and God showered him with many blessings. A charismatic leader, exalted as ďa man after Godís own heart,Ē he was also capable of deep cunning and bloodthirsty violence. Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, as well as the startling discoveries of modern biblical archaeology and scholarship, bestselling author Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to life with extraordinary freshness, intimacy, and vividness of detail, revealing him in all his glory and fallibility. At the center of this taut, dramatic narrative stands a hero of flesh and bloodĖa man as vibrant and compelling today as he has been for millennia.
Poet, warrior, and king, David has loomed large in myth and legend through the centuries, and he continues to haunt our collective imagination, his flaws and inconsistencies making him the most approachable of biblical heroes. Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States, plumbs the depths of Davidís life: his triumphs and his failures, his charm and his cruelty, his divine destiny and his human humiliations. Drawing on the biblical chronicle of Davidís life as well as on the later commentaries and the Psalms--traditionally considered to be Davidís own words--Pinsky teases apart the many strands of Davidís story and reweaves them into a glorious narrative.
Under the clarifying and captivating light of Pinskyís erudition and imagination, and his mastery of image and expression, King David--both the man and the idea of the man--is brought brilliantly to life.
This book is a detailed account of the life of king David. It vividly narrates his life and helps you to understand the spiritual strength he gathered as he grew in obedience and faith under the watchful eyes of the Almighty. As a young shepherd, he killed a lion and a bear thereby saving his sheep. Also, David watched by cowardly men, defeated Goliath the Philistine giant, setting the stage for his greatness. King Saul, David's predecessor, was not pleased with David's successes and determined to exterminate the young wise man to prevent him from tasting royalty and the glories of kingship. Together with a band of faithful men, David under divine guidance overcame all obstacles he faced. Thereafter, king David, backed by a committed military built a successful kingdom continued by his son king Solomon. David's resolute faith and strong passion for God earned him the eternal reward of being the progenitor of Christ. The intricacies of victory, the agonies of defeat, his love life, the luring power of sin, the rebellion from his own household and betrayal by friends makes his story compelling for everyone to understand. You will certainly be motivated to aim for higher goals after reading this book.