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In David: The Divided Heart, David Wolpe wrestles with the challenges that many commentators encounter when they are faced with the biblical David. On the one hand David is presented as someone who was a mighty warrior loved by all, a unifying king, a poet/musician, a servant of God, and father of the Messianic kingly line. Yet, David is also depicted as an adulterer, a schemer, a plotter of murder, and a negligent father.
Drawing from the book of Samuel and a variety of other sources, Wolpe attempts to bring coherence to these seemingly contradictory actions and impulses. As he analysis David’s entire life, the overarching question that he raises is, “Why does David maintain such an exalted and enduring presence in history and religious tradition?” Wolpe asserts that it is actually these flawed characteristics and sinful actions that show him to be human but at the same time loved by God. Despite his many flaws, David never succumbed to idolatry or relinquished his faith in God, things that many both before and after him did throughout history.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.75 (inches)|
Series: Jewish Lives
The World David Knew: Connecting the Vast Ancient World to Israel's Great KingLeonard Greenspoon, ed Randy SouthernMuseum of the Bible / 2017 / Trade Paperback$13.99 Retail:
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Of all the figures in the Bible, David arguably stands out as the most perplexing and enigmatic. He was many things: a warrior who subdued Goliath and the Philistines; a king who united a nation; a poet who created beautiful, sensitive verse; a loyal servant of God who proposed the great Temple and founded the Messianic line; a schemer, deceiver, and adulterer who freely indulged his very human appetites.
David Wolpe, whom Newsweek called "the most influential rabbi in America," takes a fresh look at biblical David in an attempt to find coherence in his seemingly contradictory actions and impulses. The author questions why David holds such an exalted place in history and legend, and then proceeds to unravel his complex character based on information found in the book of Samuel and later literature. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of an exceptional human being who, despite his many flaws, was truly beloved by God.