By Jonathan Kirsch
David, King of the Jews, possessed each flaw and failing a mortal is in a position to, but women and men loved him and God showered him with many extra advantages than he did Abraham or Moses. His sexual urge for food and prowess have been matched in basic terms by way of his violence, either at the battlefield and within the bed room. A charismatic chief, exalted as "a guy after God's personal heart," he was once additionally in a position to deep crafty, deceit, and betrayal. Now, in King David: the true lifetime of the guy Who governed Israel, bestselling writer Jonathan Kirsch finds this commanding person in all his glory and fallibility.
In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new intensity and mental complexity to the normal occasions of David's life--his slaying of the large Goliath and his quick problem to the vulnerable rule of Saul, the 1st Jewish king; his tragic dating with Saul's son Jonathan, David's adored buddy (and in all probability lover); his celebrated reign in Jerusalem, the place his dynasty could carry sway for generations. but for all his greatness, David used to be additionally a guy in thrall to his passions--a voracious lover who secured the favors of his attractive mistress Bathsheba by means of secretly arranging the demise of her blameless husband; a cruel warrior who triumphed via cruelty; a father who didn't safeguard his daughter from rape and whose cherished son Absalom rose opposed to him in armed revolt.
Weaving jointly biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and observation, Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to lifestyles in those pages with remarkable freshness, intimacy, and vividness of element. on the middle of this inspiring narrative stands a hero of flesh and blood--not the comic strip giant-slayer of sermons and Sunday tuition tales or the stainless ruler of legend and paintings yet a magnetic, disturbingly customary man--a guy as bright and compelling this day as he has been for millennia.