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Wikrungs Geschicte Of King David Essay

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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 Islamic cultures and religion. My main focus is to compare his story to the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. The three major things I will write on are; the story of David, Leonard Cohen, the song “Hallelujah” and why the song and David are compared.
The biblical account of David is originated from the books of the Prophets and Writings which include; 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 showed 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 foreskins 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...

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