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According to the Hebrew Bible, David was the greatest of all Israelite kings and a man after God’s own heart (cf. 1 Samuel 13:14). David unified the Israelite tribes (if only for two generations), transformed Judah and Israel into a minor empire, and established a dynasty that survived more than 400 years, one of the longest dynasties in world history. His presence is felt throughout the Hebrew Bible, and his legacy continues into the New Testament, where Jesus Christ is proclaimed a descendant of David. In this course, Dr. Spencer Allen, biblical scholar and Instructor of International Relations at the University of Arkansas, explores the fall of David from beloved king to aging warrior, constantly struggling to keep his own throne from his homicidal (and often fratricidal and regicidal) sons. David’s fall begins and ends with the socalled Bathsheba affair (2 Samuel 11-12 and 1 Kings 1-2), which will be covered during week one. The next week we will cover his time fighting to hold onto his kingdom from his usurper son, Absalom (2 Samuel 13-19.) During our final week, we will include the various rebellions and revolts that challenge his dynastic legacy (2 Samuel 20-24 and 1 Kings 11-12.)

Instructor: Dr . Spencer Allen

Day/Date: Thursdays, 11/3/22 - 11/17/22 (3)

Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

FORMAT: In-Person

Location: DRA KE

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