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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read through the life of David in 40 days!With the help of your mission co-ordinator, you can investigate one of the most fascinating lives of the Old Testament. Stand back in amazement as you read the story of a meteoric rise from shepherd boy to King of Israel. Marvel as one after another of his enemies bites the dust - whether giants or fierce foreign tribes.As is the case in every human story, there are human failings too. The meteoric rise comes crashing down. The warning bell is sounded for what will be a tragic episode in the life of David, his family and his nation.The Life of David is not only a breath-taking story: it is also a valuable lesson - because even when things are going well, we can walk whack-bang into danger just like him.The life of David could be your life or mine, so as we read about the life of one great, but ordinary man, we also read about the life of a sinner saved by the grace of God.As the Christmas hymn puts it, 'great David's greater Son', or Jesus, is the real life that gives the life of David a message of hope and victory.New Beginner? - you'll find a Boot Camp section to get you started - with words, phrases and background information.The Research Facility sums up the meaning of particular words, used throughout the book, as well as the lives of people referred to in the Bible readings.
David and Bathsheba is a spellbinding story of a gifted king and the woman he loved but could not have.nbsp; Told from Bathsheba's perspective, author Roberta Kells Dorr brings to life the passion that almost cost David his kingdom and tested a people's courage and faith in God. David and Bathsheba is colored richly with details of Bible-era Israel-from the details of thenbsp;everyday way of life to details of the Jewish religion.nbsp; Dorr brilliantly merges reality with folklore as she tells the story of two great characters of the biblical era. The book starts out with Bathsheba as a young girl and David as a strong willed rebellious military leader.nbsp; It details the way they met and follows them all the way through their difficulties.nbsp;
Ancient-Future Bible Study incorporates contemporary study of the Bible with an experience of the church's most ancient way of reading Scripture, lectio divina. Designed for use by individuals or groups, these guides offer a transforming experience of the Word of God. An introduction to lectio divina and leader's notes are included. Book jacket.
You know your Goliath. You recognize his walk, the thunder of his voice. He taunts you with bills you can't pay, people you can't please, habits you can't break, failures you can't forget, and a future you can't face. But just like David, you can face your giant, even if you aren't the strongest, the smartest, the best equipped, of the holiest. David. You could read his story and wonder what God saw in him. His life has little to offer the unstained, straight-A saint. He fell as often as he stood, stumbled as often as he conquered. But for those who know the sound of Goliath, David gives this reminder: Focus on giants -- you stumble; focus on God -- your giants tumble. If you're ready to face your giants, let his story inspire you. The same God who helped him will help you.
Celebrating the five hundredth volume, this Festschrift honors David M. Gunn, one of the founders of the Journal of Old Testament Studies, later the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, and offers essays representing cutting-edge interpretations of the David material in the Hebrew Bible and later literary and popular culture. Essays in Part One, Relating to David, present David in relationship to other characters in Samuel. These essays demonstrate the value of close reading, analysis of literary structure, and creative, disciplined readerly imagination in interpreting biblical texts in general and understanding the character of David in particular. Part Two, Reading David, expands the narrative horizon. These essays analyze the use of the David character in larger biblical narrative contexts. David is understood as a literary icon that communicates and disrupts meaning in different ways in different context. More complex modes of interpretation enter in, including theories of metaphor, memory and history, psychoanalysis, and post-colonialism. Part Three, Singing David, shifts the focus to the portrayal of David as singer and psalmist, interweaving in mutually informative ways both with visual evidence from the ancient Near East depicting court musicians and with the titles and language of the biblical psalms. Part Four, Receiving David, highlights moments in the long history of interpretation of the king in popular culture, including poetry, visual art, theatre, and children's literature. nbsp;Finally, the essays in Part Five, Re-locating David, represent some of the intellectually and ethically vital interpretative work going on in contexts outside the U.S. and Europe.nbsp;