The Fate of King David The Past and Present of a Biblical Icon

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-04-12
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark

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Celebrating the five hundredth volume, this Festschrift honors David M. Gunn, one of the founders of the Journal of Old Testament Studies, later the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, and offers essays representing cutting-edge interpretations of the David material in the Hebrew Bible and later literary and popular culture. Essays in Part One, Relating to David, present David in relationship to other characters in Samuel. These essays demonstrate the value of close reading, analysis of literary structure, and creative, disciplined readerly imagination in interpreting biblical texts in general and understanding the character of David in particular. Part Two, Reading David, expands the narrative horizon. These essays analyze the use of the David character in larger biblical narrative contexts. David is understood as a literary icon that communicates and disrupts meaning in different ways in different context. More complex modes of interpretation enter in, including theories of metaphor, memory and history, psychoanalysis, and post-colonialism. Part Three, Singing David, shifts the focus to the portrayal of David as singer and psalmist, interweaving in mutually informative ways both with visual evidence from the ancient Near East depicting court musicians and with the titles and language of the biblical psalms. Part Four, Receiving David, highlights moments in the long history of interpretation of the king in popular culture, including poetry, visual art, theatre, and children's literature. Finally, the essays in Part Five, Re-locating David, represent some of the intellectually and ethically vital interpretative work going on in contexts outside the U.S. and Europe. >

Table of Contents

Part One: Relating to David"David and Tidings of Death: Crises and Characterizations in 2 Samuel" - Jan Quesada"The Women in David's Life" - Toni Craven"Michal and David: Love Between Enemies?" - Athalya Brenner"Three Vignettes From the Life of David: Recollections From the Royal Court" - David Penchansky""Abigail and David" - Mary Shields"A Literary Pattern for David's Marriages and Why We Don't See It" - Randall C. BaileyPart Two: Reading David"A Broken Hallelujah: Remembering Justice and the Cost of David's House" - Danna Nolan Fewell"Heir and Land: the Royal 'Envelope' of the Books of Kings" - Walter Brueggemann"David Encounters Etai" - Francis Landy"Son of David, Son of Saul: Paul's Vanished Messiah" - Philip R. DaviesPart Three: Singing David "Danger and Rescue: David in the Titles of Psalms" - Robert Culley"Psalm 23 and Method: Reading a David Psalm" - David J. A. Clines"Penitent to a Fault: Reading 2 Samuel's David in Psalm 51" - Christopher Heard"A Sharper Harper: the Visual Context of 1 Samuel 16:14-23" - Carole FontainePart Four: Receiving David"A Renaissance/Reformation David and Bathsheba, or the Bible's Classical Cringe" - Yvonne Sherwood"From the 'Waters of Babylon' to 'King David': The Sexually Charged History of a Victorian Drawing" - Burke Long"Brecht's David" - David Jobling"A King Fit for a Child: the David Story in Modern Children's Literature" - J. Cheryl ExumPart Five: Re-Locating David"Through a Window: A Postcolonial Reading of Michal" - Judith McKinlay"Taking Tamar into Local Communities: Reading 2 Samuel 13:1-22 in Context" - Gerald West"Waving David Off" - Jione Havea"David in Palestine" - Alice Bach (Title to be finalized)

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