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In David, Marti J. Steussy offers a severe exam of the guy who gets extra realization from the outdated Testament's writers than the other human personality. This quantity, written for the nonspecialist, explores the Hebrew Bible's 3 significant photos of David - present in 1 and a pair of Samuel, 1 Chronicles, and Psalms - and what every one implies in regards to the relation among divine and worldly strength.

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But people's reactions are further colored by deeply held religious and political commitments. Parties on various sides of the debate may claim that the historical facts are obvious, but the same "facts" are not obvious to everyone. The Histories of David's Portraits If we cannot find a historical David or even the united kingdom which he is supposed to have ruled, might we at least say something about the history of the texts that present him? Twenty years ago a significant consensus seemed to have been reached on this question.

Studies on personalities of the Old Testament) Includes bibliographical references and index. T.  Series. 4092 ddc21 98-19683 Page v CONTENTS Editor's Preface vii Acknowledgments ix List of Abbreviations xi Part 1. The Issues Chapter 1. An Invitation 3 Chapter 2. Looking for David 10 Part 2. The Power of Kings and God: David in the Primary History Chapter 3. Samuel's David: Prelude 29 Chapter 4. Samuel's David As Innocent and Attractive Hero 40 Chapter 5. Troubling Details: Reading David's Heart 49 Chapter 6.

At the very least, the Bible constitutes human perceptions of deity's relationship with the world and its creatures. Close readings of biblical personalities therefore clarify ancient understandings of God. That is the important datum which we seeknot because we endorse that specific view of deity, but because all such efforts to make sense of reality contribute something worthwhile to the endless quest for knowledge. JAMES L. CRENSHAW DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL Page ix ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I owe much to many for their help in birthing this book.

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