The David Story

The David Story

A Translation With Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel

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Baker & Taylor
One of the great characters of the Bible, and literature, is rendered fully in a new translation by the renowned biblical scholar, with helpful historical and literary commentary.

Norton Pub
A chilling account of political intrigue, illicit sex, murder, war, and human frailty that could only have come from the Bible. The story of David is the greatest single narrative representation in antiquity of a human life evolving by slow stages through time, shaped by the pressures of political life and family, the impulses of body and spirit, and the eventual sad decay of the flesh. In its main character, it provides the first full-length portrait of a Machiavellian prince in Western literature. The beautiful, musical David, resourceful slayer of Goliath, loved by all, reveals himself as a calculating political animal. To advance his own cause, he becomes a collaborator with the archenemies of Israel, the Philistines. Later he commits adultery with Bathsheba, and compounds the betrayal with murder. He exposes himself repeatedly to humiliation, oscillates between noble sentiment and harsh vindictiveness, and with his dying breath charges his son Solomon to wreak bloody vengeance on his enemies. Historical personage and full-blooded imagining, David is the creation of a literary artist comparable to the Shakespeare of the history plays. Robert Alter's brilliant translation and commentary enable a great work of literature to emerge from the Bible and stand on its own.

Blackwell North Amer
The story of David is the greatest single narrative representation in antiquity of a human life evolving by slow stages through time, shaped by the pressures of political life, family, the impulses of body and spirit, and the eventual sad decay of the flesh. In its main character, it provides the first full-length portrait of a Machiavellian prince in Western literature.
The beautiful, musical David, loved by all, resourceful slayer of Goliath, is revealed through his life to be a calculating political animal. To advance his own cause, he becomes a collaborator with the archenemies of Israel, the Philistines. Later he commits adultery with Bathsheba, and compounds the betrayal with murder. But through the author's empathy and skill, David also emerges as a fully realized character, a man of passion and intelligence who navigates the ambiguities of belief, loyalty, ambition, temptation, and circumstance with uneven success.

Baker
& Taylor

One of the great characters of the Bible, and literature, is rendered fully in a new translation that includes historical and literary commentary

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1999
ISBN: 9780393048032
0393048039
Branch Call Number: 222.4 BIB
Characteristics: xxxvii. 410 p. : ill. map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Alter, Robert

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