David in Distress: His Portrait Through the Historical Psalms by Vivian L. JohnsonDavid in Distress: His Portrait Through the Historical Psalms by Vivian L. Johnson

David in Distress: His Portrait Through the Historical Psalms

byVivian L. Johnson

Hardcover | March 1, 2009

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This book analyzes the thirteen historical psalms (3, 7, 18, 34, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 59, 60, 63, 142) in the Psalter that refer to crucial moments in King David's life as recorded in the Samuel narrative (1 Sam 16-1 Kings 2). Because most Psalms research focuses on the original setting, the so-called Sitz-im-Leben, of these late additions to the book of Psalms, they have received little attention. Using a text-based analysis, Johnson has found that these historical psalms focus on episodes of King David's life in which he experienced trouble. For example, Psalm 3 refers to the coup started by his son Absalom, Psalm 59 refers to the evening when Saul tried to kill David, and Pslam 57 refers to David's days as a fugitive fleeing from Saul. By highlighting situations of David during his times of distress, these historical psalms tend to recast him as a man who prayed to his God in every moment of difficulty. This recasting of David adds to the various portraits representations of David found in biblical narrative.
Vivian L. Johnson is Associate Professor of Old Testament at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Title:David in Distress: His Portrait Through the Historical PsalmsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.55 × 6.36 × 0.7 inPublished:March 1, 2009Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0567027341

ISBN - 13:9780567027344

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction A. Need for Study B. Method 2 David and His Family A. Psalm 3: Absalom's Uprising B. Psalm 51: David and Bathsheba C. Psalm 59: David and Michal 3 David and Saul A. Psalm 54: David, Saul and The Ziphites B. Psalm 52: David, Saul and Doeg 4 David's Madness A. Psalm 34 B. Psalm 56 5 David in the Wilderness A. Psalm 63 B. Psalm 57 C. Psalm 142 6 David's Love of God A. Psalm 18

Editorial Reviews

"Johnson gives the readership (sic) a clear, concise perspective on the complication and resolution of the Davidic narrative." The Expository Times, 1st May 2010.