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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Pillay, Sabashnee Mandy
URN etd-05092011-092514
Document Title The characterisation of David in the Samuel narratives
Degree MA(Theol)
Department Old Testament Studies
Advisor Name Title
Prof P M Venter Supervisor
  • adversary
  • advocate
  • consecrate
  • diptych
  • juxtaposition
  • paradoxically
  • triptych
  • pro-homosexual
  • parenthetically
  • pericope
  • enmity
Date 2010-09-03
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At the beginning of 1 Samuel, Israel is an insecure affiliation of tribes with little unity and loyalty. They are led by ineffective Judges and worship under a corrupt Priesthood. At the mercy of their enemies, Israel struggles economically. This study begins with a look at Israel and the factors that contribute to the establishment of the monarchy. It follows Saulís tragic reign and Davidís rise as Godís chosen king.

Our study then follows the life of David who in Biblical depiction is narrated in relation to other characters. Special attention is given to Davidís relationship with Saul and Jonathan because they are key relationships and they contribute to the development of Davidís character within the Samuel narratives. In 1 Samuel David is portrayed as one who has experienced great trials and sheer torment, yet he maintains an internal compass that always points to God. David finds a place of deeper security, where he develops a trust and hope in God that extends beyond his external realities.

In 2 Samuel, David and his family are portrayed as having little or no wisdom, showing themselves to be capable of deception, immorality and barely being able to keep a grasp of the throne or the kingdom. The narratives describing the war against the Ammonites, David and Bathsheba, Amnon and Tamar, Absalomís revolt and Davidís return to the throne all testify to this fact and their interrelatedness contribute to the portrayal of David as king. In the final analysis, it is established that despite his sin and shortcomings, the narrator, by using other characters either in contrast to David, or in line with David, presents David as ďa man after Godís own heartĒ (Ac 13:22).

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Please cite as follows:

Pillay, SM 2009, The characterisation of David in the Samuel narratives, MA(Theol) dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-05092011-092514/ >


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