King David

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at
Wed Dec 13 01:53:22 EST 2000

Just ine point: What the modern, Western reader might consider as
sadistic, barbaric and cruel in David's behavior, the ancient reader
might have considered as normative, even desirable.
Even today there people who parade the bodies of their tortured victims,
display their bloodstained garments in pride, etc.
I agree that there is criticism of David, especially in the Davidic
Succession Narrative, but one must carefully distinguish between real
criticism and accepted behavior.
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
Beit Berl Post Office
44905 Israel
Tel. 972-9-7476397
Fax: 972-9-7476398

More information about the b-hebrew mailing list