King David: A Biography

King David: A Biography

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by Steven L. McKenzie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195132734

ISBN-13: 9780195132731

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

One of the most important and complex characters in the Bible, King David has been the subject of innumerable portraits, both artistic and literary. Michaelangelo's magnificent sculpture of him is perhaps the single best known work of art in the world, and the story of the humble shepherd who slew Goliath and became king has assumed a powerful mythological status.

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One of the most important and complex characters in the Bible, King David has been the subject of innumerable portraits, both artistic and literary. Michaelangelo's magnificent sculpture of him is perhaps the single best known work of art in the world, and the story of the humble shepherd who slew Goliath and became king has assumed a powerful mythological status. But was David a real person—and if so what kind of person was he?
Through a close and critical reading of biblical texts, ancient history, and recent archeological discoveries, Steven L. McKenzie concludes that David was indeed a real person. This David, however, was no hero but a usurper, adulterer, and murderer—a Middle Eastern despot of a familiar type. McKenzie shows that the story of humble beginnings is utterly misleading: "shepherd" is a metaphor for "king," and David came from a wealthy, upper-class background. Similarly, McKenzie reveals how David's ascent to power, traditionally attributed to popularity and divine blessing, in fact resulted from a campaign of terror and assassination. While instituting a full-blown Middle Eastern monarchy, David was an aggressive leader, a devious politician, and a ruthless war chief. Throughout his scandalous reign, important figures who stood in his way died at convenient times, under questionable circumstances. Even his own sons were not spared. David's story, writes McKenzie, "reads like a modern soap opera, with plenty of sex, violence, and struggles for power."
Carefully researched and vividly written, King David: An Unauthorized Biography offers a provocative reappraisal of the life of one of the Bible's most compelling figures.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195132731
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
510,289
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Mapsxi
Introduction Images The Need for a Biography of David1
1 Was There a King David? Extrabiblical Sources9
2 Royal Propaganda The Bible's Account of David's Life25
3 Was David a Shepherd? David's Origins and Youth47
4 Who Killed Whom? The Goliath Story and David's Career as
a Soldier in Saul's Army69
5 Holy Terrorist David and His Outlaw Band89
6 Assassin David's Reign as King of Judah111
7 The Cost of Kingship The Policies and Changes of David's
Administration129
8 Like Father, Like Son The Bathsheba Affair and Absalom's
Revolt153
9 Poetic Justice The Last Days of King David175
10 Finished Portrait A Synopsis185
Notes191
Bibliography211
Index231

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