My theory about the David story


If the narratives about David in 2 Samuel are based on royal records, why hasn’t the story been sanitized.  Why does it tell stories that show David as an adulterer and murderer?  Why does it show him fleeing Jerusalem with little dignity in response to Absalom’s revolt.  Why doesn’t it show more respect when telling of David’s old age and death? In 1 and 2 Chronicles we do have an example of such a cleaning up of the story.  We do not know if some of the sources used by the Chroniclers had also been more David-positive than Samuel and Kings.

One answer to why David’s dirty laundry got aired would be that the 2 Samuel stories were constructed after the dynasty of David was ended by Babylon and  upholding his virtue and dignity no longer mattered.  But Chronicles, which does come from that period, is the one story that…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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