Reply Wed 27 Sep, 2006 06:28 pm
I need to write an essay for my philosophy class about David (from the bible) if anyone can help it would be soooo appreciated. Please Smile it is so hard to find anything about him online. thanks
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Reply Wed 27 Sep, 2006 06:39 pm
I would start out by reading 1st and 2nd Samuel in the Bible. 1st Samuel 16 or thereabouts.

In doing something like this you should take the time to read about David in the Bible. That will give you your best information.

A good Bible search and one that I've used quite often is Bible Gateway
The King James version is where I usually search.

If anyone else has any philosophical viewpoints to share, I'd also be interested.

Oh, one other thing. Since you are doing this probably via Word or some other program, please post this essay for our readers to enjoy and proof-read for you.
charles m young
Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2008 05:12 pm
David is recognized in the bible as the man after God's own heart. David was anointed to be the second king of Israel, to relieve King Saul of his position. David was a Sheppard boy who had brothers in Israel's army. David was well known at a young age for his skill at playing the harp and writing songs, and was even summoned by King Saul to play in his court. David was renowned for his allegiance to the king, and though he was anointed to be the next king, he refused to harm Saul. Saul fell from the graces of God, when he disobeyed an order of genocide, which made the king uneasy. David's music soothed the kings soul, thus David found favor with the king. Saul was angered when he discovered David was in god's grace, and sought out to kill David. David slew goliath at approximately the age of 17, at a battle, and this is what told the king of David's favor with god. David ran and ran, and even had several opportunities to kill Saul, but David refused to slay gods anointed king. Upon the death of king Saul in battle, David assumed the throne of Judea, which at this time Israel was divided. David fought and won many battles in the name of the LORD, and is also responsible for the writing of a majority of the psalms in the book of Psalms. (it's a big book) one day, on a day when kings go to battle, David stayed home. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time, which led to this problem. He walked out onto his roof, and gazed down upon a woman bathing, and he said I want her, bring her to me! His servants said that she was the wife of one of his generals, Uriah the Hittite. (he was black) David didn't pay heed, and slept with Uriah's wife Bathsheba anyway. She told him she was with child, and so David called for Uriah from battle, and told him to go home and sleep with his wife. Uriah refused, because his men were in battle. So David sent him back out with a letter: the letter said to let him be slain in battle. Uriah died, and the sin was covered; but not to god. God was pissed, and he punished David for his sin. David repented and god forgave him. David and Bathsheba's child was named Solomon. He was the outcast of David's children, but was also heir to the throne. David was a man of war, and he had blood on his hands, therefore god wouldn't let him build his temple (the tabernacle was a tent that was used to store the ark of the covenant, and David offered to build god a temple.) but god promised to allow his son to build the temple. Solomon's temple was located on the side of his head, just like yours (humor) no one is sure of its exact location, but it was beautiful according to historians. David's son Solomon wrote some of the psalms, proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the song of Solomon.
Reply Sun 2 Mar, 2008 10:42 am
@charles m young,
David's son Solomon wrote some of the psalms, proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the song of Solomon.

Actually, while this is the traditional knowledge, modern Biblical scholars pretty much all agree that the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon we have today are not direct works of David of Solomon, but possibly. derivatives thereof.
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de Silentio
Reply Thu 6 Mar, 2008 07:06 pm
What kind of philosophy paper are you doing on David?

Just wondering.
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Reply Sun 6 Apr, 2008 08:18 am
If you want to see the philosophy of David then you will go to the psalms and proverbs. To sum them up god is great good and merciful and keeps his promises to those he makes them to. Is good to the humble, wrathful to the prideful, and good to those who keep his commands. In proverbs it also talks lots about the esoteric practice of Judaism but I don't believe that this is central to Davids philosophy. Good luck
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