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King David : a biography

Author: Steven L McKenzie
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: David, King of Israel.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven L McKenzie
ISBN: 0195132734 9780195132731
OCLC Number: 42289695
Description: viii, 232 pages : 4 maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Steven L. McKenzie.
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"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.""--Jacket.

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