David: Biblical Portraits of Power by Marti J. Steussy

By Marti J. Steussy

In David, Marti J. Steussy offers a severe exam of the guy who gets extra realization from the outdated Testament's writers than the other human personality. This quantity, written for the nonspecialist, explores the Hebrew Bible's 3 significant photos of David - present in 1 and a pair of Samuel, 1 Chronicles, and Psalms - and what each one implies in regards to the relation among divine and worldly energy.

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7:18), praises God's magnificence and generosity.

Meanwhile Saul gives final proof of his unworthiness.  Moreover the LORD will give Israel along with you into the hands of the Philistines; and tomorrow you and your sons shall be with me" (28:17,19). In the Philistine camp, God's hand behind the scenes once again saves David: Achish's fellow Philistine lords refuse to let David participate in the battle (1 S 29).  He distributes the rest, Robin Hood style, to Judean towns in the region.  It leaves no doubt about David's sincere grief for the fallen king.

The conventional answer assumes that God is fair and that a prophet's speech always faithfully represents God.  God supports an Israel who often doesn't deserve it and also supports individuals of questionable merit (Jacob is a good example).  Thus the silence about Samuel's corrupt sons, and thus the present thunderstorm.  The reader who has attended carefully to God's relationship with Moses knows that God gets lonely at the top and reaches out to interact with someone in a similar position.

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