"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 51:1-10 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
1The name David occurs more often than any other human name -- more often than Abraham, or Moses, or Jacob, or Joseph.
Moreover, the story of David (which takes up most or all of 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and 1 Chronicles) is both the longest sustained human story in the Old Testament as well as one of the most important stories theologically.
After all, how can one understand who the biblical nations of Israel and Judah were, without grappling with God's promises to David in 2 Samuel 7. Or, how could one understand the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah -- both of whom wrestle with God's promises to David, on the one hand, and God's commandments as given through Moses, on the other hand? Or, how could a Christian understand what it means to confess Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ/the Messiah -- without understanding that this confession is a claim about how God has chosen to fulfill the divine promises to David?
In other words -- knowing something of the story of David is central to understanding both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Yet, the figure of David almost never occurs in the Revised Common ...
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Narrative Lectionary 007: David
October 23, 2011
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is David: 1 Sam 16:1-13 & Ps 51:1-10.