©2000 Jonathan Kirsch; (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.
"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)
The life of David is intriguing, but the book almost made it seem over-sensationalized. I did not like the book because the author seemed biased. There was too much conjecture. This is probably worth the listen, but maybe pick up another book to get a more balanced perspective.
Military and then some
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.
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.
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.
Right after I started reading this book I realized that this author was not writing from a Christian perspective but from more of a worldly view trying to discredit King David and even the writers of the Bible. I tried reading more but it just got worse. I would not recommend this book.
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"
be less jaded and pre-judgemental
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.
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.
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