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Sword of Goliath: David in Heroic Literature (Stanley Jerome Isser) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2003) 9781589830790
Sword of Goliath: David in Heroic Literature (Stanley Jerome Isser) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2003) 9781589830790
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Title: The Sword of Goliath: David in Heroic Literature

Author: Isser, Stanley Jerome

Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2003

Paperback; ISBN: 9781589830790

Volumes: 1; Pages: 212

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The Sword of Goliath offers a fresh view of the story of David, shifting the focus from historicity to issues of genre and popular culture. After comparing the biblical stories of David with other heroic literature, such as Homer's Greek heroes, King Arthur, and Robin Hood, Isser concludes that the David stories originated in popular heroic literature that continued to grow during the later monarchy and into the Persian period. Although determining the historicity of the David traditions remains a complex challenge, readers will find here a new perspective on the biblical David that moves beyond the current historical debate in biblical studies.CONTENTSAcknowledgments 1 Introduction 2 Approaches to the Biblical Text 3 Popular Heroic Tradition 4 Other Heroic Traditions 5 Development of the Tradition: Background 6 Formation of the Legend 7 A Fresh Look at David in the Twenty-first Century: The Young David 8 A Fresh Look at David in the Twenty-first Century: David as King 9 Last Words Bibliography Index of Authors Index of Subjects
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