Bible Review 16:6, December 2000

King David: Serial Murderer

New biography compares Israelite king to Saddam Hussein

By Hershel Shanks

King David: A Biography

Steven L. MacKenzie (New York, NY: Oxford Univ. Press, 2000) 232 pp., $25.00 (hardback)

I started reading this book with high hopes. Despite its title, which suggested (at least to me) a novelized treatment of Israel’s great king, the book is an attempt to find the historical David based on the archaeological evidence and the biblical text, as well as the tools of the social sciences

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