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King David

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King David: (a) (907-837 BCE) A Bethlehem native, youngest son of Jesse and Nitzevet. A shepherd boy, he rose to fame after slaying the Philistine hero Goliath. This earned him the hand of King Saul’s daughter Michal in marriage. Anointed by Samuel to succeed Saul after the latter failed to annihilate Amalek. This aroused Saul's jealousy, who then pursued him relentlessly. David became king after Saul’s death. During his monarchy, David successfully secured and expanded Israel’s borders, but was beset by a series of revolts and personal tribulations. Compiled the Book of Psalms. Succeeded by his son Solomon. (b) A common Jewish name.
David King of Judah, The United Jewish Kingdom, Jerusalem, David's Last Wars, David's Trials, Absalom's Revolt, David's Humility, National Calamities, David's Successor, "David King of Israel Lives"
David the Shepherd, David and Goliath, Saul's Jealousy, Jonathan's Loyalty, David in Exile, Death of King Saul
A biblical history of the Jews
King David: Early Reign
Even after the death of Saul, King David’s leadership is contested. In this class we learn of the many domestic and foreign conflicts that David overcame in the beginning of his rule, as well as the conquest of the future site of the Holy Temple in Jerusa...
King David is one of the most well-known figures in Jewish history. His life was filled with much happiness and much pain. He is known by many titles: David the conqueror, David the pious man, David the sweet singer, David the shepherd and David the penit...
In exile, the fourth leg of the Throne is missing.
Shavuot is the anniversary of the passing of King David. Read about this loyal shepherd boy who was chosen by G-d to shepherd His people and be the founder of the royal House of David.
For an informed reading of I Samuel 20:18–42
Overview Rosh Chodesh has been, throughout all of Jewish history, a day of distinction. In Temple times, a Musaf (additional) sacrifice was brought on this day; today, special prayers and Hallel are added to the daily service. If Rosh Chodesh and Shabbat ...
True Love: Stories from the Life of King David and King Solomon
What is true and everlasting love, both between friends and between spouses? Here are stories from the lives of our ancestors that depict real, unconditional love as well as conditional love that is not real, nor enduring.
For an informed reading of I Kings 1:1-31
As David had many sons, there was going to be a need to clarify who would be the heir to David’s throne.
A biblical history of the Jews
King David: The Later Years
The events of King David’s later years, starting with the famous story of his relationship with Bathsheba. We also learn of the rebellion of his son Absalom. The class ends with the anointing of David’s 12-year-old son Solomon as his successor.
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