Review of The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero, by Joel S. Baden

Context, Critical Thinking, Continuous Learning: Project Do Better

   Today has rolled back around to lesson plan set number 63 of 67, by the way.  Now, back to our book review:

     I found Baden’s work both impressive and disturbing. Although I’ve always known that King David had to have been a ruthless person to achieve what he achieved, the very human cost of that and even whether it was worth it is now front and center for me. The fact, if true, that the biblical editors in fact deliberately revised history to clear his name is reprehensible. While I can understand the perceived need to do so, it is still not justified. Yet the beauty and value of books like Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes (yes, the authorship is traditionally attributed to King Solomon, but…), The Book of Job, all remain. And even that text that we have to struggle with is valuable for the struggle, but…

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