David in Distress: His Portrait Through the Historical by Vivian L. Johnson

By Vivian L. Johnson

This ebook analyzes the 13 ancient psalms (3, 7, 18, 34, fifty one, fifty two, fifty four, fifty six, fifty seven, fifty nine, 60, sixty three, 142) within the Psalter that confer with an important moments in King David's existence as recorded within the Samuel narrative (1 Sam 16-1 Kings 2). simply because such a lot Psalms examine makes a speciality of the unique environment, the so-called Sitz-im-Leben, of those past due additions to the publication of Psalms, they've got acquired little attention.

Using a text-based research, Johnson has stumbled on that those ancient psalms specialise in episodes of King David's lifestyles within which he skilled difficulty. for instance, Psalm three refers back to the coup began via his son Absalom, Psalm fifty nine refers back to the night while Saul attempted to kill David, and Pslam fifty seven refers to David's days as a fugitive fleeing from Saul. by way of highlighting events of David in the course of his occasions of misery, those old psalms are likely to recast him as a guy who prayed to his God in each second of hassle. This recasting of David provides to a few of the pix representations of David present in biblical narrative.

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12 Create for me a pure heart, O God; make new within me a determined spirit. 13 Do not cast me away from your presence, or take away your holy spirit from me. 14 Bring back to me the joy of your deliverance, and sustain me with a willing spirit. 2 1 2. David and His Family 29 15 I will teach transgressors your ways, and the sinners will return to you. 16 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, God of my deliverance, and my tongue will sing aloud of your benecence. 17 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

Emphasis added. 48. b. SÛabb. 56a. ” 49. b. SÛabb. 56a (n. 5). 1 38 David in Distress to be divorced from Bathsheba. When David had an affair with Bathsheba, according to this claim, she technically was not married to Uriah, since he had died in battle. Even though the affair occurred before Uriah had died in battle, his death dissolved his marriage from the day he had left for the battleeld. Both the rabbinic writers and the author of the title to Ps 51 improve upon the Samuel narrative’s depiction of David.

David and His Family 19 Cleverly, Hushai depicts David as an alert and elusive rebel leader who will not dare to sleep, but who instead will hide in a remote place, waiting to attack Absalom’s troops. Throughout his speech to Absalom, Hushai appeals to distinguished characteristics of David. Hushai invokes David as a legend, as one who kills bears and lions to protect his ocks, as a man whose entourage includes vicious and seasoned warriors. Hushai’s deliberate use of the word “bear” (bO;d) not only intimates the danger Absalom would incur should he immediately pursue his father, but it also alludes to a key moment in David’s life.

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