King David

One of the most storied and beloved kings of the Old Testament, King David is a well known religious figure. Questions about King David can be asked and answered here.

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King David

Which Psalms were written by David?

According to tradition, King David gave us the Book of Psalms. Seventy-three of the 150 bear his name, and tradition states that the unattributed ones are also from him (Talmud, Berakhot 9b).

Concerning those Psalms that have the names of other authors, tradition teaches that we may thank David for them too (Talmud, Bava Bathra 14b). This is because it was he who recorded them in their permanent form and in a single book. If not for King David, those Psalms would have gone lost.

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If God commanded Hosea to commit adultery in Hosea 1 v2 then why is adultery a sin?

If God had told Hosea to commit adultery, then indeed it would seem quite inconsistent.

However, God did not tell Hosea to commit adultery. He told Hosea to marry a wife who was an adulteress.

Hosea 1:2 in the King James reads:The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. and the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.

The New International Version renders the same passage as follows:When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD."

The Hebrew word used to describe the wife can be rendered "idolatry," "whoredom," or "adultery," so either translation is legitimate.

The first thing to note is that Hosea himself wasn't told to commit adultery, but that his wife had or would commit adultery (or harlotry).

The Life Application Bible commentary has this to say about the situation: "Did God really order his prophet to marry a woman who was a prostitute? Some who find it difficult to believe God could make such a request view this story as an allegorical illustration, not an historical event. Many, however, think the story is historical and give one of these explanations: (1) According to God's law, a priest could not marry a prostitute or a divorced woman (Leviticus 21:7). However, Hosea was not a priest. (2) It is possible that Gomer was not a prostitute when Hosea married her but that God was letting Hosea know that Gomer would later turn to adultery and prostitution. In this case, Hosea knew ahead of time that his wife would be unfaithful and that their married life would become a living object lesson to the adulterous northern kingdom. Hosea's marriage to an unfaithful woman would illustrate God's displeasure with the unfaithful nation of Israel.

In relationship to Israel and their worship of God, service to any other deity is considered whoredom.

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Who was king soloman?

According to the Bible, King Solomon was the son of David. The defining legend of Solomon was his great wisdom, gifted to him by God. If there ever was a King Solomon, the Bible says that he was the wisest of kings.
Finding specific biblical examples of his wisdom proves difficult. In fact, the story of the two mothers is the only biblical account that purports to show Solomon's wisdom. Soon after God granted Solomon wisdom, two women asked for judgement over the ownership of a small baby. In this episode, Solomon gave his most famous judgement. The reader is expected to agree with Solomon when he knew that only one woman would be willing to give up her claim to the child rather than have it killed, and that woman could only have been the birth mother.

The Jewish people needed a glorious past, with both great and wise rulers, and Solomon became part of that past. So, although not actually a wise ruler on the biblical evidence, he was a wise ruler in tradition. To support this tradition, the Books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes and even some Psalms were eventually attributed to King Solomon, although scholars can readily prove that they were actually compiled after the Babylonian Exile.

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Did King David unite Judah and Israel?

In time the breach was healed and David became king of all 12 tribes. (2Samuel 5:1-3)

Later in David's reign, when the revolt by his son Absalom had been put down, all the tribes once again acknowledged David as king. Yet, in returning the king to his throne, a dispute arose over protocol, and in this matter the ten northern tribes called Israel were at odds with the men of Judah.(2Samuel 19:41-43)All 12 tribes were united in their support of David's son Solomon in his kingship. But upon his death in about 998 B.C.E. the second dividing of the kingdom occurred. Only the tribes of Benjamin and Judah supported King Rehoboam, who sat on his father Solomon's throne in Jerusalem. Israel, consisting of the ten other tribes to the N and E, picked Jeroboam to be their king. (1Kings 11:29-37; 12:1-24)

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Where and how did King David die?

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What scriptures did King David read?

The Law required that the king, upon taking his throne, write out for himself a copy of the Law and read in it daily.

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Is David Muir Jewish?

There is no indication in his biography either way.

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What were the achievements of Saul and David?

Both Saul and David had victories over God's enemies, the Philistines (1Samuel 14:47; 18:6, 7; 21:11; 29:5)

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Saul:
  • He, as the very first Israelite king, set up the apparatus of royalty and its institutions.
  • He put Israel's enemies to shame (1 Samuel 14:47-48).
  • Under the guidance of Samuel, he united the Israelite tribes.
  • He briefly experienced prophecy.
  • He enforced the observance of the Torah (see 1 Samuel 28:3).
Note that concerning Saul, our tradition explicitly states that he was a righteous man (Talmud, Moed Katan 16b; and midrash Br. Rabbah 54:4).

David:

  • 1) King David authored/compiled the book of Psalms and gave it to us in its present form (Talmud, Bava Batra 14b). The Psalms (Tehillim), which we might call the soul of the Jewish people, express the yearning of King David and of the entire nation to be close to God. They are one of the foundations of our prayerbook to this day.
  • 2) King David was the one who finally succeeded in subduing all of the surrounding nations (see 2 Samuel ch.8 and ch.10) plus the entire territory of Israel, something which no one else did previously or subsequently. He succeeded in all his endeavors (1 Samuel 16:18).
  • 3) He secured from the prophet Nathan a promise from God that his (David's) son Solomon would build the Holy Temple (2 Samuel ch.7). The First Temple is actually considered the accomplishment of David himself (Rashi commentary, Berakhot 18a), since it existed in his merit ("Torat Chaim," commenting on Talmud, Shabbat 30a).
  • 4) He set the blueprints, with Divine inspiration, for the Holy Temple (1 Chronicles 28:19). Together with the prophet Samuel, he located the spot where the Temple would be built (Talmud, Zevachim 54b); and he dug the foundations for the Temple (Talmud, Sukkah 53a).
  • 5) He amassed vast amounts of material and precious metals for the construction of the Temple (1 Chronicles ch.29).
  • 6) Together with Samuel, he instituted the 24 groupings of families of Kohanim and Levites (Talmud, Taanit 27a).
  • 7) He served God all the days of his life (1 Kings 11:38); and God was with him (1 Samuel 16:18).
  • 8) He was without peer in clarifying and applying the halakhot (laws) of the Oral Tradition (Talmud, Sanhedrin 93b).
  • 9) King David serves as the archetype of the effectiveness of repentance (Talmud, Avodah Zarah 4b).
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Was King David black-skinned?

I do not know of anyone born a Jew (direct descendant of Abraham) who is black.

David was a Jew; Semitic, Mediterranean. He was neither "white" nor "black." He was Middle Eastern, of the same ancestry as modern Jews and Arabs. Any attempt to Europeanize or Africanize what is neither, is pedestrian and uneducated.

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What did King David do?

1) King David authored/compiled the book of Psalms and gave it to us in its present form (Talmud, Bava Batra 14b). The Psalms (Tehillim), which we might call the soul of the Jewish people, express the yearning of King David and of the entire nation to be close to God. They are one of the foundations of our prayerbook to this day.
2) King David was the one who finally succeeded in subduing all of the surrounding nations (see 2 Samuel ch.8 and ch.10) plus the entire territory of Israel, something which no one else did previously or subsequently. He succeeded in all his endeavors (1 Samuel 16:18).


3) He secured from the prophet Nathan a promise from God that his (David's) son Solomon would build the Holy Temple (2 Samuel ch.7). The First Temple is actually considered the accomplishment of David himself (Rashi commentary, Berakhot 18a), since it existed in his merit ("Torat Chaim," commenting on Talmud, Shabbat 30a).


4) He set the blueprints, with Divine inspiration, for the Holy Temple (1 Chronicles 28:19). Together with the prophet Samuel, he located the spot where the Temple would be built (Talmud, Zevachim 54b); and he dug the foundations for the Temple (Talmud, Sukkah 53a).


5) He amassed vast amounts of material and precious metals for the construction of the Temple (1 Chronicles ch.29).


6) Together with Samuel, he instituted the 24 groupings of families of Kohanim and Levites (Talmud, Taanit 27a).


7) He served God all the days of his life (1 Kings 11:38); and God was with him (1 Samuel 16:18).


8) He was without peer in clarifying and applying the halakhot (laws) of the Oral Tradition (Talmud, Sanhedrin 93b).


9) King David serves as the archetype of the effectiveness of repentance (Talmud, Avodah Zarah 4b).


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Did King Saul look forward to when David would take over and be king of the Israelites?

No. When David showed prowess as a warrior and received acclaim from the people, Saul began to view David as a rival. Saul repeatedly tried to do away with him. David survived on each occasion because God was with him. (1 Samuel 18:6-12, 25; 19:10, 11)

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What year did King David's reign begin in Israel?

After moving to Hebron, the older men of Judah anointed David as king over their tribe in 1077 B.C.E., when he was 30 years old. Saul's son Ish-bosheth was made king of the other tribes. About two years later, however, Ish-bosheth was assassinated, his assailants bringing his head to David hoping to receive a reward, but they too were put to death like the pretended killer of Saul. (2 Sam. 2:1-4, 8-10; 4:5-12) This paved the way for the tribes who had till then supported Saul's son to join Judah, and in time, a force numbering 340,822 rallied and made David king of all Israel. (2 Sam. 5:1-3; 1Chronicles 11:1-3; 12:23-40)

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Where in the bible is the story of David?

First and Second Samuel thru First and Second Kings chapter 2.

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Is the Virgin Mary descended from King David?

It is interesting how many people maintain that Luke's genealogy is that of Mary, in spite of Luke 3:23, "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli". There is not much room for ambiguity there. What this means is that both Matthew and Luke tell us Jesus' genealogy back through Joseph and the male line, even if the contradictions mean that neither genealogy is likely to be historically accurate. But no one tells us of Mary's genealogy.

The best information we have is that early Christians believed Mary's father to be called Joachim. We simply do not know whether Mary had any distinguished ancestors, or whether she was descended from David.

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What is the new kingdom founded by King David?

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Is King David a role model for people today?

King David was widely referred to as, "a man after God's own heart". This would be the ultimate of compliments to a man's integrity and character. David spent much time in prayer and dedication to God. This included taking steps of faith such as fighting Goliath and standing up to King Saul. We all have "Goliath's" in our life that seem like they are impossible obstacles to overcome, but if we remember the faith that David had that God would deliver him. He trusted that God would fulfill the promise that he delivered to David through the prophet Samuel.

However, David was a man and had his share of weaknesses. He struggled with lust and had the power to act on his lust with Bathsheba. He didn't stop there and had Bathsheba's husband killed in order to cover up his sin. In the midst of this, God chose to use him to accomplish His will.

In his early years I believe David was a great role model for people today. The faith and courage he displayed are quite admirable. However, in his later years David struggled in his sin as you can read in the Psalms. David still remains a great leader and God chose to make a covenant through him that his line would deliver the Messiah (Jesus).

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When did King David commit adultery?

David committed adultery with Bathsheba, when her husband, Uriah, was away at war (2 Samuel 11:1-27).

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What is uriah?

his self

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What tribe of Israel did King David belong to?

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King David was from the tribe of Judah. For Biblical reference read Ruth 1:1, then 4:17.

Answer 2

David, a descendant of Boaz and Ruth, had an ancestry running back through Perez to Judah. (Ru 4:18-22; Mt 1:3-6)

When we are introduced to David, he is a young shepherd boy with the responsibility of looking after his father's Jesse's sheep. David's family lived in Bethlehem, a little town on the summit and slopes of a ridge in the hills of Judah. Bethlehem, located about 9 km (5.5 mi) SSW of Jerusalem, was David's hometown, the town where his forefathers Jesse, Obed, and Boaz had lived, and which was sometimes called "David's city"

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Was Bathsheba a black-skinned woman?

Bathsheba was not a Hebrew. Her first husband was Uriah a man from the line of Ham. There is no direct statement that Bathsheba is a Hamite, but her grandfather was Ahithophel (David's African counselor). In 2 Samuel 11:3 we are told that Bathsheba's father is Eliam, but it isn't until 2 Samuel 23 that we find out that Bathsheba's grandfather is a Gilonite. "Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel...

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How many books of psalms did king David write?

73 Psalms were written by David

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When was david king of israel?

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David reigned from 1077-1038 BCE. David was anointed as king on three different occasions: once by Samuel, later by the men of Judah, and finally by all the tribes. (1Sa 16:13; 2Sa 2:4; 5:3)

In Hebron, the older men of Judah anointed him as king over their tribe in 1077 B.C.E., when he was 30 years old. David ruled at Hebron seven and a half years before moving his capital, at Jehovah's direction, to the captured Jebusite stronghold, Jerusalem. There he built the City of David on Zion and continued to rule another 33 years.

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What did king david do right as a father?

he was nice to his sons

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How old was King David when Solomon was born?

In my timechart of biblical History, Kind David was born 1085 B.C. and the line of Solomon birth is approx. 1035-1033 B.C. So the best is he was about 50yrs of age.

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