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1.1. The historical traditions about David (whose name means “beloved”), Israel’s most important king, appear in the Deuteronomistic history, whose author incorporated into the work the earlier stories of David’s rise (1 Sam. 16:14–2 Sam. 5:10) and of his reign and succession (2 Samuel 9–20 and 1 Kings 1–2). Further material about David—lists, anecdotes, annals, stories, and poems (see 2 Sam. 5:11–8:18 and chaps. 21–24)—also entered the work in the course of redaction.

1.2. The story of David’s rise is composite. It developed over a long and indefinite period in Juda…

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Veijola, Timo, “David”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D21>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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