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David, King of Israel, and Caleb in biblical memory

Author: Jacob L Wright
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Of all the Bible's personalities, David is the most profoundly human. Courageous, cunning, and complex, he lives life to the hilt. Whatever he does, he does with all his might, exuding both vitality and vulnerability. No wonder it has been said that Israel revered Moses yet loved David. But what do we now know about the historical David? Why does his story stand at the center of the Bible? Why didn't the biblical  Read more...
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Named Person: David, King of Israel.; Caleb, (Biblical figure); Caleb, (Biblical figure); David, King of Israel.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacob L Wright
ISBN: 9781107062276 1107062276 9781107672635 1107672635
OCLC Number: 869458192
Awards: Short-listed for PROSE Award for Theology and Religious Studies 2015
Description: xvi, 271 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Slings and arrows: remembering King David --
Flesh and stone: from war monuments to the David story --
King of Judah: the earliest account of David's life --
Tales of loyalty and betrayal: the cases of Keilah and Ziph --
The bones of Saul: and the loyalty of the Gileadites --
Uriah the Hittite: a tale of royal immodesty --
Ittai the Gittite: mercenary allegiance versus national solidarity --
David in exile: priests, statehood, and the Benjaminites --
Territorial transitions: the Transjordan, Israel, and Judah --
Chronicles: David as a catalyst of national unity --
Caleb and the conquest: inventing a new Judahite hero --
Caleb the warrior: the evolution of legends --
Caleb the Judahite: an iconic figure --
War-torn David: conclusions.
Responsibility: Jacob L. Wright, Emory University.

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This book presents a new thesis on the history of Israel: David was originally king of Judah, not of Israel.  Read more...

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'In engaging, limpid prose occasionally seasoned with humor, Wright argues that the stories of David and Caleb in the Tanakh were efforts in nation building. At the heart of Wright's argument is 'war Read more...

 
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