The Real Life of an Invented Hero
Harper One 2013
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.