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King David : a biography

Autor: Steven L McKenzie
Editora: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Séries: Oxford University Press paperback.
Edição/Formato   Livro : Biografia : InglêsVer todas as edições e formatos
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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  Ler mais...
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Gênero/Forma: Biography
Pessoa Denominada: David, King of Israel.; David, King of Israel.
Tipo de Material: Biografia, Recurso Internet
Tipo de Documento: Livro, Recurso Internet
Todos os Autores / Contribuintes: Steven L McKenzie
ISBN: 0195132734 9780195132731 0195147081 9780195147087
Número OCLC: 42289695
Descrição: viii, 232 pages : 4 maps ; 25 cm
Conteúdos: 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.
Título da Série: Oxford University Press paperback.
Responsabilidade: Steven L. McKenzie.
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The first biography of David from a purely historical perspective reveals not a hero but a holy terrorist and a ruthless despot.  Ler mais...

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