I am interested in the historical happenings behind events recounted in the Bible. So what I have read about David has often been speculation about the events of his rise and rule.
I say “speculation” because, apart from the biblical text itself, events in David’s time are thinly attested. There was a person named David who founded in Judah a “house of David”. It seems to have been during a time when the Philistines of Gaza were a power in the southern Levant. There are archeological finds at Hebron and Khirbet Qeiyafa that probably touch on David’s time. But we have to make some inferences. To do that we unavoidably use the biblical text. So we do not know much about David from secular history alone.
From the beginning of Jacob L. Wright’s David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory, I can see that I am going…
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