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David: Biblical Portraits of Power
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David: Biblical Portraits of Power (Paperback)

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This is a thoughtful examination of one the Old Testament's central human figures. Marti J. Steussy provides a critical approach to the man who receives more attention from the Old Testament's writers than any other human character. This volume explores the ""Hebrew Bible""'s three major portraits of David - found in 1 and 2 ""Samuel"", 1 ""Chronicles"", and ""Psalms"" - and what each implies about the relation between divine and worldly power. Steussy's examination of David in 1 and 2 ""Samuel"" opens with the traditional impression of David as a virtuous hero 'after God's own heart', then invites readers to consider details of plot and phrasing that make problematic - without erasing - the impression of innocence. She proposes that questions surrounding David ultimately probe God's role in Israel's history. The scrutiny of David in 1 ""Chronicles"" shows how this book calls attention to his role as the head of a people rather than to his individual strengths and weaknesses. However, tension still lurks; David plays a key role in ""Chronicles""' argument against Ezra and Nehemiah for an inclusive Israel. Steussy's final character analysis begins with psalms about David, then discusses the ruler as the commonly accepted speaker of the David psalms. Steussy suggests that in the Psalter as a whole, David serves both as a model for individual spiritual development and as a symbol for Israel throughout its history. The complexity of David's role in ""Psalms"", Steussy contends, models the complexity of his characterization in the ""Hebrew Bible"" as a whole. A concluding chapter calls attention to David's scattered appearances in other parts of the Hebrew canon and discusses the cumulative effect of his various portraits.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityBibles Publisher: University of South Carolina Press Publication Date: 15/07/2009 ISBN-13: 9781570038457  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Marti J. Steussy, MacAllister-Petticrew Professor of Biblical Interpretation at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her books include Psalms and Gardens in Babylon: Narrative and Faith in the Greek Legends of Daniel.

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