David (?-961 B.C.), king of Judah and Israel (1000-961 B.C.), founder of the Judean dynasty. Several accounts of his accomplishments occur in the Bible, chiefly in the books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles.
the youngest son of Jesse, a shepherd of Bethlehem, where
he spent his youth tending his father's flocks. He became known for his
musical skill and for his courage, exemplified by his victorious encounter
with the Philistine giant Goliath. As his reputation grew, he was
summoned to the royal court, where he received an appointment as armor-bearer
to Saul, the first king of Israel. After achieving distinction
in the wars against the Philistines, he married Michal, Saul's
daughter, and won the friendship of Jonathan, Saul's son. As a result
of his growing popularity, however, he incurred the jealousy of the king,
who banished him from the court.
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