When it comes to the Jewish representation of the “Nine Worthies,” David (1037 BC , 967 BC) joins Joshua and Judas Maccabeus. David appears in the Bible, as well as throughout a variety of related religious texts. David was in charge of ruling over Judah (from 1007 BC to 1000 BC) and Judah and Israel (1000 BC to 967 BC). He is also known as the second king of the united Kingdom of Israel that followed Saul. In this article, you will learn a little more on this historical figure who has earned a position as one of the “Nine Worthies.”
Traditionally, David is portrayed as a king full of rightousness, yet he was no stranger to displaying faults. In addition to the many hats he wore , he was an accomplished warrior, poet, and musician. If you read the books of Samuel in the Hebrew Bible, you will learn more about his life and reign. Start at I Samuel 16 and continue on. The Chronicles are also central to the Jewish and Christian culture.
One of the most popular tales associated with David involves the story of Goliath. We will begin with the Israelites, who are fast approaching the army of the Philistines. David (the youngest of the sons born to Jesse) transports provisions to his brother who are traveling with Saul. He catches wind that the champion of the Philistines , the giant-sized Goliath , who challenges the Israelites to deliver their own champion of the people to engage in a single combat in an attempt to decide on the outcome.
David insists that he is the one who can beat Goliath. Saul sends for David and out of reluctance , allows him to take a try at defeating the opponent. In the end, David is the victor, as he is able to bring down Goliath by using a single stone and a sling. This made the Philistines run scared , leading the Israelites to bring home a victory. As a result, David drags the head of Goliath to Saul, who then asks who his father is. David explains, ” I am the son of your servant, Jesse the Bethlehemite.”
A Fact About David
1) When Saul and Jonathan lose their lives in a battle with the Philistines, it is David that spends time mourning their death. Afterwards, David travels to Hebron. He is anointed the king over Judah, which is situated in the north. Saul’s son (Ish-Bosheth) becomes king over the tribes that live in Israel.
However, a battle between David and Ish-Bosheth arises and Saul’s son is assassinated. Those who participated in his assassination deliver his head to David , looking to be rewarded for their actions. Yet, David orders their execution instead for the crime that they have committed. With the death of Saul’s son, the elders of Israel arrive in Hebron and make sure that David is anointed the King of both Judah and Israel.