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David : biblical portraits of power
Steussy, Marti J., 1955-
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Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, [1999]

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viii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
pt. 1. The issues -- ch. 1. An invitation -- ch. 2. Looking for David -- pt. 2. The power of kings and God: David in the primary history -- ch. 3. Samuel's David: prelude -- ch. 4. Samuel's David as innocent and attractive hero -- ch. 5. Troubling details: reading David's heart -- ch. 6. Troubling details: David's words and deeds -- ch. 7. Saul, David, and God -- ch. 8. David's legacy -- pt. 3. The power of a congregation: David in Chronicles -- ch. 9. Chronicles: an overview -- ch. 10. David's deeds in Chronicles -- ch. 11. David's message to Yehud -- pt. 4. The power of prayer: David in the Book of Psalms -- ch. 12. The Psalter: an overview -- ch. 13. Psalms speaking about David -- ch. 14. The Psalms of David -- ch. 15. David and the Book of Psalms -- pt. 5. Reflections -- ch. 16. David: a synthesis.
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BS580.D3 S64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A examination of the man who receives the most attention for a human character in the Old Testament. It 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.

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Employing an essentially literary-critical approach, Steussy (Christian Theol. Seminary, Indianapolis) offers an insightful and intriguing exploration of one of the Hebrew Bible's central human characters. Her sketch of David focuses on three key biblical portraits--the Norman Rockwell-like mural of the Samuel-Kings primary history, the inspirational stained-glass window rendition in Chronicles, and the Picasso-style collage of David in the Psalter. She assesses their contribution not only to our understanding of David, but also to the historical and theological dimensions of the Bible. The writing and scholarship are clear and commendable throughout, with an accessible overview of the "good David-bad David" of Samuel and the contrasting Israelite icon of Chronicles. But by far the standout section of this study is the work on Psalms, where Steussy offers creative exegesis first of psalms purportedly about David, then psalms by David, and finally of David as the "patron" and organizing motif of the entire Psalter. From this she draws three interlinking perspectives on the book of Psalms, suggestive for David's overarching role in the Bible: David as embodiment of Israel's story, David as model of personal piety, and David as touchstone in the vision of an eschatological messiah. Highly recommended for all academic levels and for practitioners. C. S. Langton Principia College