The Resource King David : a biography, Steven L. McKenzie

King David : a biography, Steven L. McKenzie

Label
King David : a biography
Title
King David
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Steven L. McKenzie
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Through a close and critical reading of biblical texts, ancient history, and recent archeological discoveries, Steven L. McKenzie concludes that David was indeed a real person. This David, however, was no hero but a usurper, adulterer, and murderer - a Middle Eastern despot of a familiar type. McKenzie shows that the story of humble beginnings is utterly misleading: "shepherd" is a metaphor for "king," and David came from a wealthy, upper-class background. Similarly, McKenzie reveals how David's ascent to power, traditionally attributed to popularity and divine blessing, in fact resulted from a campaign of terror and assassination. While instituting a full-blown Middle Eastern monarchy, David was an aggressive leader, a devious politician, and a ruthless war chief. Throughout his scandalous reign, important figures who stood in his way died at convenient times, under questionable circumstances. Even his own sons were not spared. David's story, writes McKenzie, "reads like a modern soap opera, with plenty of sex, violence, and struggles for power.""--Jacket
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McKenzie, Steven L.
Dewey number
  • 222.4/092
  • B
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BS580.D3
LC item number
M37 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Oxford University Press paperback
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • David
  • David
Label
King David : a biography, Steven L. McKenzie
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-229) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Images. The need for a biography of David -- Was there a King David? Extrabiblical sources -- Royal propaganda. The Bible's account of David's life -- Was David a shepherd? David's origins and youth -- Who killed whom? The Goliath story and David's career as a soldier in Saul's army -- Holy terrorist. David and his outlaw band -- Assassin. David's reign as King of Judah -- The cost of kingship. The policies and changes of David's administration -- Like father, like son. The Bathsheba affair and Absalom's revolt -- Poetic justice. The last days of King David -- Finished portrait. A synopsis
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 232 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
4 maps)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035651169
Label
King David : a biography, Steven L. McKenzie
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-229) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Images. The need for a biography of David -- Was there a King David? Extrabiblical sources -- Royal propaganda. The Bible's account of David's life -- Was David a shepherd? David's origins and youth -- Who killed whom? The Goliath story and David's career as a soldier in Saul's army -- Holy terrorist. David and his outlaw band -- Assassin. David's reign as King of Judah -- The cost of kingship. The policies and changes of David's administration -- Like father, like son. The Bathsheba affair and Absalom's revolt -- Poetic justice. The last days of King David -- Finished portrait. A synopsis
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 232 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
4 maps)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035651169

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