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Wikrungs Geschichte Of King David Essay

1186 words - 5 pages

Melena Salitrik
First Theology
Wirkungs geschichte of King David
The story of King David is heavily represented in art, literature, films, music, musical theater, television and cards. David is central to Jewish, Christian and Islāmic cultures and religion. My main focus is to compare his story to the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. The two major things I will write on are; the story of David and the song “Hallelujah” and it references to the story of David.
The biblical account of David is originated from the books of the Prophets and Writings which includes; Samuel I and II, Kings I and Chronicles I. King David was known for his proficient skills as a warrior and a writer of psalms. David was the eighth and the youngest son of Jesse from the Judah tribe. He began his life as a shepherd in Bethlehem. The prophet Samuel called him out of the field without the knowledge of the current king, Saul, and anointed David but he just returned to tending to his sheep. David’s first interaction with Saul happened when the king was looking for someone who could play music for him. David was summoned to play for him and Saul kept him for his music services. The first time David had shown his courage was when, as a boy, he defeated Goliath. Goliath was a nine foot, Philistine giant and David had killed him with a slingshot invoked in God’s name after a group of skilled warriors cowered in fear for forty days. Soon after this event Saul made David the commander of his troops and he formed a close friendship with Saul’s son, Jonathan. Saul then began to become jealous of David when he was successful in a battle against the Philistines. Saul had tried to kill David by throwing s spear at him and even though Saul wanted him dead, David stayed with Saul and was offered his daughter Merav as a wife. He was also offered Saul’s second daughter Michal, in exchange for the foreskin of one hundred Philistines, it was a price David had paid. When Saul’s jealousy had grown, he resulted in asking his son Jonathan to kill David. Jonathan hid David instead and convinced Saul to promise not to kill David. Saul did promise but his promise did not last long and he attempted to kill David a second time. Michal was the one who helped David escape Saul and run away to Samuel. At some point when Saul and Jonathan were killed, Saul’s son Ish-Boshet became king. When Ish-Boshet was killed by the tribes of Israel anointed David as their king. David was thirty years old and had ruled over Judah for seven years. He had taken more wives and had many children as well as various pacts with other kings. Once David had established his kingdom, he brought the Holy Ark to Jerusalem. When he wanted to build a temple to God he consulted Natan, who was a prophet. Natan replied to David that God would always be with David but the temple had to be built by his son since David was a warrior and had shed blood.
Despite David’s reign over his kingdom and how flawless he was on a ruling level,...

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