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King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel | [Jonathan Kirsch]

King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel

David, King of the Jews, possessed every flaw and failing of which a mortal is capable, yet men and women adored him, and God showered him with many blessings. A charismatic leader, exalted as "a man after God's own heart", he was also capable of deep cunning and bloodthirsty violence.
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David, King of the Jews, possessed every flaw and failing of which a mortal is capable, yet men and women adored him, and God showered him with many blessings. A charismatic leader, exalted as "a man after God's own heart", he was also capable of deep cunning and bloodthirsty violence. Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, as well as the startling discoveries of modern biblical archaeology and scholarship, best-selling author Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to life with extraordinary freshness, intimacy, and vividness of detail, revealing him in all his glory and fallibility. At the center of this taut, dramatic narrative stands a hero of flesh and blood, a man as vibrant and compelling today as he has been for millennia.

©2000 Jonathan Kirsch; (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Both educates and entertains." (Publishers Weekly)
"[A] splendid biography....An eminently readable account of perhaps the best-known and most popular of all biblical heroes." (Los Angeles Times)

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    MAJ Shakespeare Camp Williams, Utah 12-28-10
    MAJ Shakespeare Camp Williams, Utah 12-28-10 Member Since 2013

    Military and then some

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    "Intriguing History of David"

    I found this audiobook fascinating because of its in-depth review of David using various translations of the Old Testament with clarifying information from other religious sources. The best part of this book was its comprehensive look at David's life using the whole scriptural record rather than just focusing on the children's stories shared in Sunday School. It is a scholarly treatise so it will offend listeners who struggle when beloved religious figures are portrayed as mortal, with faults and sinful behavior. The scripture by scripture detail, with additional perspective provided by scholarly research, highlights the society and perspective of the time. The politics involved are fascinating and the book, overall, is quite engaging - when taken from the academic perspective in which it is written. The narration is well done with a reader who has a fine timbre of voice.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 12-27-05
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 12-27-05
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    "David Made out to be Less than Holy"

    I purchased this book in the hopes that a detailed scientific look at the King of the Jews would be found. I was disappointed to find that this Great Man would be portrayed as a Homosexual, tyrant, and fool. If you are a Christian or a Jew please do yourself a favor and skip this title. It is filled with conjecture, personal opinion and so called facts based on others opinions. At one point in this title King David is compared to JFK and Bill Clinton, I can see no reason to insult such a Great King. I was upset as I listened and was hoping for so much more, all I received was a slap in the face. If you want speculation and to plant a seed of disbelief in you heart this title is for you, however if you Love the man that this book is written about, then avoid it.

    65 of 98 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Sarasota, FL, USA 02-18-10
    Matthew Sarasota, FL, USA 02-18-10
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    "Don't expect a Sunday School lesson"

    This book is written by a Bible scholar, not a Sunday School teacher, so you will be treated to a very scholarly look at King David, not a sermon from a limited perspective and religious agenda. If you enjoy a historical perspective on David, then you will enjoy this book. If you are looking to bolster your preconceived ideas about who he was from a religious perspective, you will probably not enjoy it. No matter who you are, though, if you enter this with a desire for facts - you will enjoy learning some things you never knew or even considered about one of the most famous men in the Hebrew Scriptures. He was as flawed as they come and nobody can deny that. If he had not been flawed, he would probably not be such an iconic character today.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Coby 05-06-15
    Coby 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    Starts off pretty slow but really starts building good momentum. Very informative. The only complaint I have is that the author (who also reads) is constantly sighting his sources mid-narrative. Slightly annoying. But a great historical "read"

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    Robert valencia, CA, United States 08-06-10
    Robert valencia, CA, United States 08-06-10
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    "Don't Waste Your Money"

    This is a completely ridiculous book based on the author's personal biases. There is no historical foundation for his point of view.

    Mr. Kirsch attempts to portray as a bisexual deviant. You won't be happy, as I am not, that he has my money. I made a big mistake buying this book and I will be careful to read the author's bio before buying again.

    9 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    JC Twin Falls, ID, United States 04-07-12
    JC Twin Falls, ID, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    agnostic


    What could Jonathan Kirsch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    be less jaded and pre-judgemental


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I thought it was an attempt to discredit the biblical texts and authorship. It focused on and magnified the negative aspects of King David, his life and legacy.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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