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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
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.
The harp of King David had 7 strings, yet the harp of Moshiach will have eight.
David had a tumultous, yet ultimately triumphant life. He was the progenitor of a royal dynasty chosen by G‑d, but he suffered mightily from strife, especially at the hand of those closest to him.
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
When We Read the Story of David and Jonathan David and Jonathan were the most unlikely friends, whose deep love rose above palace intrugue and King Saul's irrational hatred. The Talmud describes the love of David and Jonathan as a pure one that was not co...
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.
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