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David: The Divided Heart
Wolpe, David

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014 pp. xvii+156. $18.44

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Jewish Lives


Description: Of all the figures in the Bible, David arguably stands out as the most perplexing and enigmatic. He was many things: a warrior who subdued Goliath and the Philistines; a king who united a nation; a poet who created beautiful, sensitive verse; a loyal servant of God who proposed the great Temple and founded the Messianic line; a schemer, deceiver, and adulterer who freely indulged his very human appetites. David Wolpe, whom Newsweek called ďthe most influential rabbi in America,Ē takes a fresh look at biblical David in an attempt to find coherence in his seemingly contradictory actions and impulses. The author questions why David holds such an exalted place in history and legend, and then proceeds to unravel his complex character based on information found in the book of Samuel and later literature. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of an exceptional human being who, despite his many flaws, was truly beloved by God.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, Literature

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Review by Walter Dietrich
Published 9/14/2015
Citation: Walter Dietrich, review of David Wolpe, David: The Divided Heart, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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