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King David

Jonathan Kirsch

David, King of the Jews, possessed every flaw and failing a mortal is capable of, yet men and women adored him and God showered him with many more blessings than he did Abraham or Moses. His sexual appetite and prowess were matched only by his violence, both on the battlefield and in the bedroom. A charismatic leader, exalted as "a man after God's own heart," he was also capable of deep cunning, deceit, and betrayal. Now, in King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel, bestselling author Jonathan Kirsch reveals this commanding individual in all his glory and fallibility. In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new depth and psychological complexity to the familiar events of David's life--his slaying of the giant Goliath and his swift challenge to the weak rule of Saul, the first Jewish king; his tragic relationship with Saul's son Jonathan, David's cherished friend (and possibly lover); his celebrated reign in Jerusalem, where his dynasty would hold sway for generations. Yet for all his greatness, David was also a man in thrall to his passions--a voracious lover who secured the favors of his beautiful mistress Bathsheba by secretly arranging the death of her innocent husband; a merciless warrior who triumphed through cruelty; a troubled father who failed to protect his daughter from rape and whose beloved son Absalom rose against him in armed insurrection. Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to life in these pages with extraordinary freshness, intimacy, and vividness of detail. At the center of this inspiring narrative stands a hero of flesh and blood--not the cartoon giant-slayer of sermons and Sunday school stories or the immaculate ruler of legend and art but a magnetic, disturbingly familiar man--a man as vibrant and compelling today as he has been for millennia. From the Hardcover edition.

David, King of the Jews, possessed every flaw and failing a mortal is capable of, yet men and women adored him and God showered him with many more blessings than he did Abraham or Moses. His sexual appetite and prowess were matched only by his violence, both on the battlefield and in the bedroom. A charismatic leader, exalted as "a man after God's own heart," he was also capable of deep cunning, deceit, and betrayal. Now, in King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel, bestselling author Jonathan Kirsch reveals this commanding individual in all his glory and fallibility. In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new depth and psychological complexity to the familiar events of David's life--his slaying of the giant Goliath and his swift challenge to the weak rule of Saul, the first Jewish king; his tragic relationship with Saul's son Jonathan, David's cherished friend (and possibly lover); his celebrated reign in Jerusalem, where his dynasty would hold sway for generations. Yet for all his greatness, David was also a man in thrall to his passions--a voracious lover who secured the favors of his beautiful mistress Bathsheba by secretly arranging the death of her innocent husband; a merciless warrior who triumphed through cruelty; a troubled father who failed to protect his daughter from rape and whose beloved son Absalom rose against him in armed insurrection. Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to life in these pages with extraordinary freshness, intimacy, and vividness of detail. At the center of this inspiring narrative stands a hero of flesh and blood--not the cartoon giant-slayer of sermons and Sunday school stories or the immaculate ruler of legend and art but a magnetic, disturbingly familiar man--a man as vibrant and compelling today as he has been for millennia. From the Hardcover edition.
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David, King of the Jews, possessed every flaw and failing a mortal is capable of, yet men and women adored him and God showered him with many more blessings than he did Abraham or Moses. His sexual appetite and prowess were matched only by his violence, both on the battlefield and in the bedroom. A charismatic leader, exalted as "a man after God's own heart," he was also capable of deep cunning, deceit, and betrayal. Now, in King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel, bestselling author Jonathan Kirsch reveals this commanding individual in all his glory and fallibility. In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new depth and psychological complexity to the familiar events of David's life--his slaying of the giant Goliath and his swift challenge to the weak rule of Saul, the first Jewish king; his tragic relationship with Saul's son Jonathan, David's cherished friend (and possibly lover); his celebrated reign in Jerusalem, where his dynasty would hold sway for generations. Yet for all his greatness, David was also a man in thrall to his passions--a voracious lover who secured the favors of his beautiful mistress Bathsheba by secretly arranging the death of her innocent husband; a merciless warrior who triumphed through cruelty; a troubled father who failed to protect his daughter from rape and whose beloved son Absalom rose against him in armed insurrection. Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to life in these pages with extraordinary freshness, intimacy, and vividness of detail. At the center of this inspiring narrative stands a hero of flesh and blood--not the cartoon giant-slayer of sermons and Sunday school stories or the immaculate ruler of legend and art but a magnetic, disturbingly familiar man--a man as vibrant and compelling today as he has been for millennia. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

12h


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

02:28


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:21


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:31


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:02


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:42


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:11


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:24


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:40


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:31


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:55


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:35


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

00:57


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:45


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:26


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:12


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

01:51


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

02:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:35


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

01:48


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:20


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:17


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:11


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:30


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:10


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:51


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:26


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:22


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:02


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:10


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:45


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:45


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:52


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:57


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

01:31


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:50


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:31


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:12


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

01:52


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:01


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:28


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:23


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:11


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:42


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:42


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:36


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

01:55


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:45


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

01:04


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

02:59


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:45


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:20


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:39


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:50


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

01:35


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:14


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:06


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:01


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

02:33


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:18


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

02:46


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:18


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:39


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

02:37


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

02:11


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

01:39


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

02:25


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

02:19


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:29


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

02:37


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:28


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

01:44


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:52


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

02:31


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

02:26


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:45


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:06


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:00


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:01


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

02:01


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

02:42


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:03


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:08


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:07


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:28


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

02:27


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:53


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

02:33


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:40


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

02:28


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

02:27


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

02:10


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:32


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

01:58


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:38


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:21


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

01:54


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:39


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

02:01


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:04


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:37


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

02:24


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

02:51


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:04


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:18


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

01:59


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

01:35


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:02


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

02:47


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

02:55


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:01


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

02:17


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:11


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

02:39


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

01:08


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

01:45


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

02:19


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

02:59


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

02:08


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

05:20


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:51


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

01:33


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

03:21


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

02:49


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

02:39


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

03:20


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

03:03


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

03:10


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

01:56


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:15


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

03:03


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

03:25


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

02:59


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

02:41


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

02:27


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

04:20


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

02:04


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

02:02

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