By Jonathan Kirsch
David, King of the Jews, possessed each flaw and failing a mortal is in a position to, but women and men cherished him and God showered him with many extra benefits than he did Abraham or Moses. His sexual urge for food and prowess have been matched purely 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 able to deep crafty, deceit, and betrayal. Now, in King David: the true lifetime of the guy Who governed Israel, bestselling writer Jonathan Kirsch unearths this commanding person in all his glory and fallibility.
In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new intensity and mental complexity to the everyday occasions of David's life--his slaying of the large Goliath and his quick problem to the susceptible rule of Saul, the 1st Jewish king; his tragic courting with Saul's son Jonathan, David's loved pal (and in all likelihood 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 appealing mistress Bathsheba via secretly arranging the loss of life of her blameless husband; a cruel warrior who triumphed via cruelty; a bothered father who didn't safeguard his daughter from rape and whose loved son Absalom rose opposed to him in armed insurrection.
Weaving jointly biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and statement, Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to existence in those pages with striking freshness, intimacy, and vividness of aspect. on the middle of this inspiring narrative stands a hero of flesh and blood--not the caricature giant-slayer of sermons and Sunday university tales or the stainless ruler of legend and paintings yet a magnetic, disturbingly general man--a guy as brilliant and compelling this present day as he has been for millennia.