By Marti J. Steussy

In David, Marti J. Steussy presents a serious exam of the fellow who gets extra recognition from the previous Testament's writers than the other human personality. This quantity, written for the nonspecialist, explores the Hebrew Bible's 3 significant pics of David - present in 1 and a couple of Samuel, I Chronicles, and Psalms - and what every one implies concerning the relation among divine and worldly strength.

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Steussy.  cm. (Studies on personalities of the Old Testament) Includes bibliographical references and index. T.  Series. 4092 ddc21 98-19683 Page v CONTENTS Editor's Preface vii Acknowledgments ix List of Abbreviations xi Part 1. The Issues Chapter 1. An Invitation 3 Chapter 2. Looking for David 10 Part 2. The Power of Kings and God: David in the Primary History Chapter 3. Samuel's David: Prelude 29 Chapter 4. Samuel's David As Innocent and Attractive Hero 40 Chapter 5. Troubling Details: Reading David's Heart 49 Chapter 6.

David's Legacy 92 Part 3. The Power of a Congregation: David in Chronicles Chapter 9. Chronicles: An Overview 99 Chapter 10. David's Deeds in Chronicles 106 Chapter 11. David's Message to Yehud 118 Page vi Part 4. The Power of Prayer: David in the Book of Psalms Chapter 12. The Psalter: An Overview 131 Chapter 13. Psalms Speaking about David 137 Chapter 14. The Psalms of David 160 Chapter 15. David and the Book of Psalms 173 Part 5. Reflections Chapter 16. David: A Synthesis 191 Notes 199 Bibliography 223 Scripture Index 237 Hebrew Word Index 245 Topic Index 247 Page vii EDITOR'S PREFACE Critical study of the Bible in its ancient Near Eastern setting has stimulated interest in the individuals who shaped the course of history and whom events singled out as tragic or heroic figures.

He believes his promise concerns her fratricidal child (one level of meaning). He will shortly be called to apply it to his own son Absalom (second level of meaning). Yet for Absalom, hair not touching the ground will mean death with his head caught in a tree (third level of meaning). Multiple meanings create a special problem when meanings ironically oppose one another. Consider God's promise with respect to David's heir that "I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you" (2 S 7:15)a promise that may well be quoted from ancient royal traditions.

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