The Historical David

    The Historical David

    The Real Life of an Invented Hero

    Joel Baden

    Harper One 2013

    Hardback 352pp

    9780062188311   Product Code: 19903

    Described by Diarmuid MacCulloch as 'an invigoratingly grown-up reading of the Bible', this book is a revisionist analysis of King David's presentation in the Hebrew scriptures. Baden shows that the historical figure, who did not write Psalms or kill Goliath, was reinvented as a glorious king through layers of fact and fiction - the spin of Samuel and Chronicles followed by the messianic connections presented in the New Testament - which have contributed to our idealized cultural memory of David.

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