Friday, 17 January 2014

The Hebrew Bible

David according to the Hebrew Bible was the second king of the United Kingdom of Israel, and as per the New Testament Gospels of Matthew and Luke, an ancestor of Jesus. His life is usually dated to c. 1040–970 BCE, his reign over Judah c. 1010–1002 BCE, and his reign over the United Kingdom of Israel c. 1002–970 BCE.

The Books of Samuel, 1 Kings, and 1 Chronicles are the only basis of information on David, even though the Tel Dan stele (dated c. 850–835 BCE) have the phrase ביתדוד (bytdwd), read as "House of David", which most scholars take as confirmation of the existence in the mid-9th century BCE of a Judean royal dynasty called the House of David.

He is portrayed as a righteous king, though not without faults, as well as an acclaimed warrior, musician, and poet, usually credited for composing many of the psalms contained in the Book of Psalms.

David is central to Jewish, Christian, and Islamic doctrine and culture. Biblical tradition upholds that a direct descendant of David will be the Messiah, and in Islam he is deemed to be a prophet.