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David (1049-973 B.C.) was the king of Judah and Israel, as well as the founder of the Judean dynasty. His life and accomplishments are contained in the Old Testament, in the Books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles. He was the youngest son of Jesse, a shepherd of Bethlehem, where he spent his youth, tending his father’s sheep.
He was known for his musical skill and could play the harp extremely well. He was also courageous, as exemplified by his victorious encounter with the Philistine giant, Goliath, because of which he was appointed as armor-bearer to Saul, who was king of Israel at the time.
His distinguished victories over the Philistines made him very popular among the people of Israel. Thereafter, in the wake of his victories, he married Michal, King Saul’s daughter. at which time, he won the friendship of Jonathan, Saul’s son. Because of his growing popularity, he incurred…
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