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David in Wikipedia
(Hebrew: דָּוִד, דָּוִיד, Modern David Tiberian Dāwîḏ ; beloved;
Arabic: دَاوُۥدَ, Dāwud; Greek: Δαβιδ) was the second king of
the united Kingdom of Israel according to the Hebrew Bible.
He is depicted as a righteous king, although not without
fault, as well as an acclaimed warrior, musician and poet,
traditionally credited for composing many of the psalms
contained in the Book of Psalms.
Edwin Thiele dates his life to c.1040–970 BC, his reign over
Judah c.1010–1003 BC, and his reign over the united Kingdom
of Israel c.1003–970 BC. The Books of
Samuel, 1 Kings, and 1 Chronicles are the only source of
information on his life and reign, although the Tel Dan
stele records the existence in the mid-9th century of a
Judean royal dynasty called the "House of David".
David's life is particularly important to Jewish, Christian,
and Islamic culture. In Judaism, David, or Melekh David, is
the eternal King of Israel, and the Jewish people. A direct
descendant of David will be the Mashiach. In Christianity
David is known as an ancestor of Jesus' mother Mary, and in
Islam, he is a considered to be a prophet and the king of a
nation. Christianity and Islam also know him as the young
warrior who slew Goliath before gaining power and ruling his
kingdom. He is remembered for his eloquent speech and the
beautiful recitation of God's word...