David, the Bible's First Real Hero

Part 7: Historical roots of David and Goliath, and the lust, violence that marked King David's reign.
7:30 | 12/29/12

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The landscape of the region e are maining unchanged from how it probably looked thousands ofck years ago. It's a landscape that is bathed in the story of the bibles and so many involve stones. They are all over the place. One of the famous stories is about a stone and a slingshot. How david ced goliath. The same david who built of city of jerusalem. David is one of the most fascinating figures in literature. He looks almost perfect. David is the first real hero. David was a very talented man who could sing, fight, lied. He is a poet, a musician. We are told he is gorgeous to look at and god loves him. He is portrayed by some of hollywood's biggest stars, in leafs like "king david". We special what is ours and we shall keep the gath with you. David was ancient israel's greatest kings. He is also islam's earliest prophets and christians believe that jesus is descended from And he is a deeply flawed man. David is kind of a bastard. There is thaex we see that david is a problematic character. Should I running a protection racket. He has bodies piling up all over the place. He is strategically marrying women all over to consolidate his run for the throne. The first time we meet david in the bible, he is an innocent shepherd boy with that stone in his hand. He was the only one in his tribe brave enough to face gli yoth, whom the bible describes over ten feet tall. We don't have any proof that david actually fought ggoliath, and yet, it does make sense. We know the philistines are there. And we know it was a slingshot. We think of it as a pea that brought down a giant. It's like a sniper rifle in the day. They could be huge stones. They could be propelled and go straight through armor. Like a bazooka that could go through a tank. And today, the most unlikely heroes stand up to forces that seem certain to crush them. Prophet david, it's not just about him but the understood privileged, the under dog, the weak, the under victorious ultimately. According to the bible, david's triumph continues. He captured the arc of the covenant from the philastines and he formed a nation. Today, the flag of israel, founded 3,000 years after his reign, bears the symbol known as the star of david. And jerusalem is the place he chose as cal tall, naking it a holy city and a political one too. There is evidence that king david really lived. Just 20 years ago ancient israel, archaeologist found on archive. It mentions a house and the reading is clear. It mentions an entity called veart. It may seem like a small thing but it makes david the earliest biblical figure we can confirm existed. Some of the most scandalous details of his life. David, here was a guy who was king. Oh, he had it all. He could have anything he wanted. He had absolute loyalty of his soldiers. He was on top. And then he goes out and breaks a moral covenant with god. David was on his route in jerusalem and he sees a woman bathing on the room. His eye, makes him forget everything he's heard in terms of god's commandments. He says, he's hot and I want that. Bring me that. And his henchmen go and bring him back. And his eye leads him to the act of adultery. And when the woman say, I am pregnant, he goes deeper and darker. Here is where the bible goes like "pulp fiction." He tries to get her husband drunk. Trying to get him drunk and go so bed. He brings her back to live with him. The intimate details of david's perral life are unlike anything else found in the bible. Some of the text is extremely ancient and may be based on an actual memior because it's so real. It's a familiar story. It's known soeds a the lathhe isba syndrome. A lot of people know as it as a story of lust and how power corrupts. And that is all over our world today. But this bible story is also a cautionary tale. David impacts his children and grandchildren all the way down. David's sons grow up learning thou deal with women from their father. Two of david's son grow up to be rapist. And david did suffer the consequences. The child is conceived and ba ba ba bathsheba. He rose to power and he sunk to the departments of depravity. And he repents. The bible tells us that god never stops loving david. He forgives the sins of this imperfect hero. David was given a second chance, a second child with bathsheba. A son named solomon.

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