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Portraits of a King Favored by God


David the King: God's Poet, Warrior, and Statesman


David the king, when studied against the backdrop of existing material cultural remains from the ancient Middle East, scarcely seems to have been there. Excavations in Jerusalem have turned up nothing concrete about his existence. The literature concerning him is fraught with problems and generally takes on a legendary-mythological character. Even the meaning of his name is unclear. If he is mentioned at all by his contemporary monarchs against whom he would have fought it is only obliquely or only intimated by omissions or partial spellings in context. This volume attempts to advance scholarship addressing these concerns.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-405-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Aug 20,2012
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 269
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-405-7
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The study of the 'King David Phenomenon' is far from over. When pressed, the careful scholar must admit to how very little we actually know about this statecrafter and venerator of the god YHWH. At present, archaeologists, epigraphers, literary historians, historians of religion, and military historians are engaged in interpretive battles in an attempt to provide a much clearer outline of this person and his life and times than ever heretofore. Professors Caspi and Greene have assembled a number of scholars who focus on studies concerning King David and during their Annual ISBL Seminar have had these scholars share their most recent scholarship. What is contained within the present anthology are the honed and furbished essays invited from the best works presented during the seminar. These in turn have been edited by the editors and sequenced in such a way that the combined information contained in the essays tell a most recent and chronological or thematic story of the David saga. Scholarship has thus been advanced greatly by the efforts of those who contributed to this volume. To those essays, the editors added a Prolegomenon which framed the entire work, as well as contributed learned essays of their own. Thus, all of the major lines of scholarly inquiry, biblical, historical, archaeological, have been given voice in a work that approaches King David from viewpoints expressed in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Cover: King David, Stained Glass, Strasbourg Cathedral, North Transept.

The study of the 'King David Phenomenon' is far from over. When pressed, the careful scholar must admit to how very little we actually know about this statecrafter and venerator of the god YHWH. At present, archaeologists, epigraphers, literary historians, historians of religion, and military historians are engaged in interpretive battles in an attempt to provide a much clearer outline of this person and his life and times than ever heretofore. Professors Caspi and Greene have assembled a number of scholars who focus on studies concerning King David and during their Annual ISBL Seminar have had these scholars share their most recent scholarship. What is contained within the present anthology are the honed and furbished essays invited from the best works presented during the seminar. These in turn have been edited by the editors and sequenced in such a way that the combined information contained in the essays tell a most recent and chronological or thematic story of the David saga. Scholarship has thus been advanced greatly by the efforts of those who contributed to this volume. To those essays, the editors added a Prolegomenon which framed the entire work, as well as contributed learned essays of their own. Thus, all of the major lines of scholarly inquiry, biblical, historical, archaeological, have been given voice in a work that approaches King David from viewpoints expressed in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Cover: King David, Stained Glass, Strasbourg Cathedral, North Transept.

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Contributor Biography

Mishael Caspi

Dr. Mishael M. Caspi is a retired Professor of Religion at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Dr. Caspi holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He has written extensively on Biblical Studies, Talmudic Studies, and Islamica. Dr. John T. Greene is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Greene holds a Ph.D. in Scriptural and Historical Studies from Boston University. He has written extensively on Archaeology of Bethsaida, Communication theory and Praxis, and History of Religions.

John Greene

John T. Greene is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. He holds the Ph.D. from Boston University, and the A.B. and Master Degrees from the University of Detroit. He has written extensively on issues of scriptural and historical studies and Middle Eastern archaeology.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Prolegomenon by Mishael M. Caspi & John T. Greene (page 7)
  • King David Three Thousand Years Later: David and My Orthopractic Experiences by Richard E. Sherwin (page 27)
  • The Idea of a King David: Creating a Ruler, a Dynasty, and His Capital City Stories and History: David as Literary and Historical Figure by John T. Greene (page 43)
  • The Strings of Davids Life by Mishael M. Caspi (page 67)
  • Davids Laments as a Vehicle of Vindication by Azila Reisenberger (page 107)
  • Two Readings of the Story of David and Bathsheba and their Meanings by Yitzhak Peleg (page 135)
  • Counterpoint and Contrast: Tamar Versus Tamar Verses:A Focalized-Emphathetic Reading by Angeline M. G. Song (page 157)
  • Davis as Son of Man: Hebrew Narratives of Divine Exaltation as Sources of Second Temple Son of Man Traditions (Psalms 2, 8, 72, 80 AND 110) by J. Harold Ellens (page 173)
  • The Portrait of David: Comparing the Bible Aand Talmud by Adrianne L. Spunaugle (page 195)
  • King David: Six Portraits in Music by Max Stern (page 241)
  • Disappearing DaughtersŽ in the Tradition of David (SIR. 47:6) by Nancy Tan (page 255)
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