Old Testament

The Books of Samuel

Character of David – Discussion Questions

Questions for Reflection:

1. To what extent is David’s character explained by situating him in the context of the real-world ancient Near East?

2. How important is it to understand the bias of the biblical authors, beyond the simple retelling of the story, in reading the Bible, here and everywhere?

3. What aspect of David’s life is most important: what he accomplished, or who he was as a person? How is the answer to this related to the Christian tradition that David was an ancestor of and model for Jesus?

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