I have read some books about King David. Some of them treat him as an elusive historical figure. Some treat him more as a literary invention. This has caused me to focus on the question of where the composers of the Hebrew Bible got their information. Did they have oral and written sources? Did they freely create the narrative because they had no real information? Or, as some imply, did God supernaturally reveal the historical information to them?
Nadav Na’aman has done us the service of making a stimulating article about this available online here: Sources and Composition in the History of David, in V. Fritz and P.R. Davies (eds.), The Origins of the Ancient Israelite States (JSOTSup. 228), Sheffield 1996, pp. 170-186.
He deals with what Egyptian and Babylonian palace libraries were like and what a possible palace library in Jerusalem might have contained. He says that such…
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