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Attorney, author, and president of the Biblical Archeology Society of New York, Greenberg (101 Myths of the Bible) offers an alternative portrait of King David by analyzing Bible stories and drawing on historical research. Comparing various significant episodes in the biblical account of David's life, Greenberg lays out the evidence, showing how these contradictory, altered, invented, redacted, and rearranged accounts were responsible for falsely casting David into the part of a religious reformer and thinker who developed the basic principles of Jewish worship. Placing these texts into their historical, political, and geographical setting, Greenberg is able to separate much historical fact from biblical fiction, showing, for instance, that Goliath of the popular David and Goliath story was actually killed by a Philistine warrior Elhanan. Greenberg shows David to be an ambitious mercenary, ruthless politician, unjust tyrant, and military imperialist. The work contains maps, timelines, glossaries, and comparison text, making it a comprehensive account of King David. Greenberg's comparative analyses of the Bible stories are supplemented by archaeological and historical writings, but the lack of bibliography suggests that some of it was also based on personal belief. Like his earlier book, this one may anger some more conservative readers. Recommended for larger religious collections.
Leo V. Kriz, West Des Moines P.L., IA
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