The Life of David

The Life of David

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Part of the Jewish Encounter series Poet, warrior, and king, David has loomed large in myth and legend through the centuries, and he continues to haunt our collective imagination, his flaws and inconsistencies making him the most approachable of biblical heroes. Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States, plumbs the depths of Davida€™s life: his triumphs and his failures, his charm and his cruelty, his divine destiny and his human humiliations. Drawing on the biblical chronicle of Davida€™s life as well as on the later commentaries and the Psalmsa€”traditionally considered to be Davida€™s own wordsa€”Pinsky teases apart the many strands of Davida€™s story and reweaves them into a glorious narrative. Under the clarifying and captivating light of Pinskya€™s erudition and imagination, and his mastery of image and expression, King Davida€”both the man and the idea of the mana€”is brought brilliantly to life. From the Hardcover edition.Friends have helped me immensely with their suggestions and encouragement: Frank Bidart, Alfred Corn, David Ferry, ... I have also benefited from the scholarship and insight of Robert A]tera#39;s modern translation and notes, in his The David Story, and similarly from Everett Foxa#39;s Give Us a King!: Samuel, Saul, and David.

Title:The Life of David
Author: Robert Pinsky
Publisher:Schocken - 2005-09-06

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