King David

Overview

According to the Hebrew Bible, David rose from humble beginnings as a sheep-herder in the hills of Bethlehem to become the ruler of the ancient kingdom of Israel. He founded an empire that included not only the modern state of Israel, but also parts of Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Courageous and conniving, pious and vengeful, warrior, poet, fugitive, and king, David is one of the most complex and fascinating figures in Hebrew scripture and one of the ancient world's best-known leaders. King David uses the ample ...
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Overview

According to the Hebrew Bible, David rose from humble beginnings as a sheep-herder in the hills of Bethlehem to become the ruler of the ancient kingdom of Israel. He founded an empire that included not only the modern state of Israel, but also parts of Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Courageous and conniving, pious and vengeful, warrior, poet, fugitive, and king, David is one of the most complex and fascinating figures in Hebrew scripture and one of the ancient world's best-known leaders. King David uses the ample writings by and about the revered king of Israel to explore his historical significance in world history and to suggest how his time in power contributed to modern-day situations in the Middle East.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791095836
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Ancient World Leaders Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,272,224
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: On Leadership Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. 6

1 Who Was King David? 13

2 "We Want a King" 17

3 "This Is the One" 30

4 David and Saul 42

5 On the Run 54

6 Surviving 66

7 King of Israel 78

8 Great Victories and Terrible Crimes 92

9 David's Final Years and Legacy 103

Chronology 114

Bibliography 115

Further Reading 117

Photo Credits 118

Index 119

About the Authors 126

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