The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero

The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero


Joel Baden, a number one professional at the previous testomony, bargains a debatable examine the background of King David, the founding father of the kingdom of Israel whose bloodline ends up in Jesus, difficult winning renowned ideals approximately his legend in The ancient David.

Baden makes transparent that the biblical account of David is an try and form the occasions of his lifestyles politically and theologically. Going past the biblical bias, he explores the occasions that lie in the back of the David tale, occasions which are grounded within the context of the traditional close to East and proceed to notify glossy Israel.

The historic David exposes an bold, ruthless, flesh-and-blood guy who accomplished energy in any way useful, together with homicide, robbery, bribery, intercourse, deceit, and treason. As Baden makes transparent, the ancient David stands in competition not just to the virtuous and heroic legends, yet to our own self-definition as David’s nationwide and non secular descendants.

Provocative and enlightening, The old David presents the misplaced fact approximately David and poses a problem to us: how will we come to phrases with the truth of a celebrated hero who was once, in reality, just like the formidable power-players of his day?

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