Religion Past and Present

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I. Bible – II. Christianity – III. Judaism – IV. Islam

I. Bible

1. Old Testament

From the biblical perspective, David, whose name means “darling, beloved,” is the embodiment of the ideal ruler. He governed in the early 10th century bce, allegedly for 40 years, of which seven and a half were in Hebron, the rest in Jerusalem (2 Sam 5:4f.). Although he is the king of whom the Bible has most to tell (Kingship in Israel), he remains a figure from what is still nearly a pre-historic era. There are virt…

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Dietrich, Walter, Klauck, Hans-Josef, Leeb, Rudolf, Jacobs, Martin, Dan, Joseph and Schöck, Cornelia, “David”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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