David and Solomon: The Founding of a Messianic Dynasty

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Course ID: Jewish Studies 30137-OL
Division: Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Studies (Graduate)
Location: Currently Offered, Online

King David is a controversial figure. While understood to be the ancestor of mashiach, the Jewish Messiah, he ran into trouble with Bathsheba and faced numerous palace intrigues. The reign of his youngest son and successor, Solomon, was also full of plots and betrayals, leading to the breakup of the United Kingdom established by his father. Yet, by establishing his capital in Jerusalem and focusing Israel’s religious life there, King David created a stable and secure dynasty that lasted 400 years—longer than any ancient dynasty—and thereby became a symbol of Jewish peace, security and independence and western civilization’s model of divine kingship for all time. This course will explore the archeological, historical and literary developments that underlie the remarkable story of the Davidic dynasty. (Classical)