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King David A Biography

ISBN-10: 0195147081
ISBN-13: 9780195147087
Edition: 2001
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Description: 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 was not the humble shepherd who slew Goliath and became king,  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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 was not the humble shepherd who slew Goliath and became king, however, but was 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."

Acknowledgments
Maps
Introduction: Images: The Need for a Biography of David
Was There a King David? Extrabiblical Sources
Royal Propaganda: The Bible's Account of David's Life
Was David a Shepherd? David's Origins and Youth
Who Killed Whom? The Goliath Story and David's Career as a Soldier in Saul's Army
Holy Terrorist: David and His Outlaw Band
Assassin: David's Reign as King of Judah
The Cost of Kingship: The Policies and Changes of David's Administration
Like Father, Like Son: The Bathsheba Affair and Absalom's Revolt
Poetic Justice: The Last Days of King David
Finished Portrait: A Synopsis
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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