The Biblical Story of King David

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The Biblical Story of King David The first king of the Hebrews was Saul, and he was followed by the war hero and poet David (the greatest of the Hebrew kings). His son built the famous Temple showing the importance that religion played in the lives of the Hebrews. From the lineage of David, in fact, it was prophesied that the Redeemer would come. This paper will examine the Biblical story of David. As Steven McKenzie notes, the Old Testament contains several books "devoted to David," which include Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and the Psalms (McKenzie, 2000, p. 26). The Biblical story of David begins with the Book of Samuel in the Old Testament. In 1 Samuel 15, God shows his displeasure with King Saul and tells Samuel the prophet that He has rejected Saul as the king over Israel. The story of David begins in the next chapter: 1 Samuel 16. In the first verse of this chapter, it is recorded that the Lord said to Samuel: "I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king" (1 Sam 16:1). The son God has chosen, of course, is David. The fact that the boy is from humble origins, Bethlehem (no great city at that time) and lived in obscurity is said to be a foreshadowing of the life of Jesus, who was also born in Bethlehem. Fulton Sheen states, for example, that Jesus' foster-father Joseph was the "obscure descendant of the great King David" and during the census of Caesar Augustus "was obliged by that very fact to register in Bethlehem, the city of

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