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David: The Divided Heart - Jewish Lives (Paperback)
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David: The Divided Heart - Jewish Lives (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 03/11/2017
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A reexamination of the biblical David, legendary warrior, poet, and king, by one of America's most respected rabbis

Of all the figures in the Bible, David arguably stands out as the most perplexing and enigmatic. He was many things: a warrior who subdued Goliath and the Philistines; a king who united a nation; a poet who created beautiful, sensitive verse; a loyal servant of God who proposed the great Temple and founded the Messianic line; a schemer, deceiver, and adulterer who freely indulged his very human appetites.

David Wolpe, whom Newsweek called "the most influential rabbi in America," takes a fresh look at biblical David in an attempt to find coherence in his seemingly contradictory actions and impulses. The author questions why David holds such an exalted place in history and legend, and then proceeds to unravel his complex character based on information found in the book of Samuel and later literature. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of an exceptional human being who, despite his many flaws, was truly beloved by God.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300230741
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is an excellent study of the most fascinating character in the Old Testament."-Wall Street Journal
"How can a man who murders his lover's husband in order to cover up an adulterous affair be fit to be king? . . . Wolpe gently and gracefully explores the many facets-king, sinner, father, lover, and husband, among others-that together create David's outsized personality . . . In the end, the author observes, contemporary readers identify with David so well because he is full of contradictions, and he is great because of this complexity, not in spite of it."-Publishers Weekly
Finalist for the 2014 National Jewish Book Awards sponsored by the Jewish Book Council in the Biography, Autobiography and Memoir category
"A sensitive and utterly unsparing reading of the most attractive and least edifying character in the Hebrew Bible."-Jack Miles

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