David's Monarchy

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  1. Poetry, Passion and Politics: Who is David HaMelekh?

    Dr. Yael Ziegler

    תאריך פרסום: תשע"ג | |

    The biblical story of David is lengthy and multifaceted. While his complex personality sometimes reveals contradictions, the final assessment of David in the book of Kings is that of an unparalleled leader, who is presented as the model for successful kingship. In this shiur, we will examine the nature of David’s leadership. What makes David the ideal king in the Bible, against whom all other kings are measured? We will also explore the general question of biblical leadership: Which qualities are necessary for great leadership and how can we discern them in the biblical portrayal of David?

  2. The End of the War With Ammon and a Summary of the Unit

    Chapter 12 (IV)

    Rabbi Amnon Bazak

    The conquest of Rabbat Bnei Ammon is an epilogue to the story of David and Bat Sheva. Following the analysis of this story we will summarize the episodes starting from David’s kingship over the tribe of Yehuda, through the story of David and Bat Sheva.

  3. Rav Amital on the Unnatural Jewish Monarchy

    Rabbi David Silverberg

  4. Haftarat Vayechi: Why Shlomo?

    Rabbi Jonathan Snowbell | 16 minutes

    In this shiur, we look at optimistic ideas about kingship and the Beit HaMikdash. We examine David's  instructions for what is to happen when he is gone, detailed in this week’s haftara.  How does the Torah counter the problems that can come with a dynasty? We analyze the haftara: how is Shlomo chosen as king of Israel? What qualities does he have that can help with this?  We look at this week's parasha for clues about Yehuda's selection for the future monarchy. Shlomo signifies not perfection, but teshuva and ability to recognize and correct mistakes.

  5. Lesson 21: The Government of David

    Prof. Yehuda Elitzur

    The ninth chapter of the second book of Samuel appears, at first glance, to consist mainly of the story of Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan- who was David’s loyal friend although he was heir to King Saul- and the kind treatment he received from David. But a close study of the chapter would point to some rather significant political events.

  6. Lesson 23: David and The Royal Court

    Prof. Yehuda Elitzur

    These Bible chapters are essentially the story of a man called David. The whole book of Samuel is mainly a book of individuals, and appropriately its first phrase is “Now there was a man…”. In the case of David we read of his grave sin, his repentance, and his dire punishment. So much is told of David’s tribulations that we begin to wonder whether the scales are not tipped against him. Why is it necessary to emphasize so much failure and weakness of that great and successful king?

  7. Hitting Rock Bottom; the Only Way to Go is Up

    The Structure & Story of Books books II (42-72) & III (73-89)

    Dr. Beni Gesundheit | Hour and 14 minutes

    2nd Bnei Korach Collection K2 (84-85, 87-88) and Mizmor 89

    How are the Korach collections in Book II (42-49) and Book III (84-85; 87-88) connected to each other and what is their overall structure and message? What can we learn from their placement adjacent to mizmor 89, which concludes Book III of Tehillim?

    The 1st Bnei Korach collection K1 (42-49) precedes and sets the stage for the 2nd David collection (51-72), which closes the Kingdom of David at the end of Book II. The 2nd Bnei Korach collection K2 (84-85; 87-88) in Book III repeats the nostalgic hope, concepts and messages for the Temple expressed in the K1 collection; the striking similarities between K1 and K2 also introduce new aspects for the post-David era. Mizmor 89 at the very end of Book III is not only a dramatic closing of King David’s era but also serves as the foundation for the new chapter of the return to Zion and the building of the 2nd Temple in Books IV and IV. The crisis at the end of Book III prepares the new historical chapter of returning from the diaspora to Zion. 

  8. Sefer Shemuel I: Archaeology

    Nachliel Selavan | 29 minutes

    Sefer Shemuel I deals with the transition from Iron Age 1 into Iron Age 2 - the period of the Monarchy (from King David, more or less, onward). The highlights of this episode are the location of Shiloh, the battle of Even ha’Ezer (Ebenezer), the Philistines, and the death of Shaul and Yehonatan on Mount Gilboa.


    Archaeology Snapshot is a discussion on the location, timeline, main characters and highlights from history and archaeology, for each Sefer in Tanach.