David, King Saul and Goliath

1 Samuel 15 and 16 tells us that God rejects Saul, and Samuel annoints David as the next king of Israel, unknown to Saul.  “Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.”  An attendant to King Saul suggests that lyre music may be able to calm him. David plays the lyre and he is brought to play for and to soothe the King. For a time that is effective.  1 Samuel 16:14-23.

Saul and David REMBRANDT 1665-60)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/r/rembran/painting/biblic1/saul.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description of it.

1 Samuel 17 tells us that the Philistines, who had dominated Israel for forty years, are encamped in opposition to the Israelite forces.  A giant among them, Goliath, comes out to the edge of the Philistine encampment and taunts the Israelites, challenging them to produce someone to fight him.  Having no giants among them, they are intimidated.  David, hearing of this challenge and seeing the fear that it raises among the Israelites, responds to the challenge, sling shot in hand.

David CARAVAGGIO (1571-1610)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_and_Goliath_(Caravaggio) for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description of it.

David with the Head of Goliath BERNINI (1625)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/b/bernini/gianlore/painting/david.html for the source of the above photography of the painting and a description.

David before Saul CHAGALL (1931-39)

See http://www.spaightwoodgalleries.com/Pages/Chagall_Bible_etchings2.html for the source of the above photograph of the etching.

After David kills the giant nemesis, the people begin to dance and sing his praise: ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.'”

This angers Saul and he seeks to kill David while David is playing the harp, intending to soothe him.

Saul Attacking David GUERCINO (1646)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/g/guercino/1/saul_dav.html for the source of the above painting and a description.

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I started this blog to address a specific issue. From that, I posted Bible art that I had presented to my Sunday school: when I completed that, someone had a question about early Christian art which caused me to explore the settings of that art: architecture; and when I completed that, I discovered the art with which I have most familiarity, Christian liturgical art. My belief is that each of these arts is responsive to the human experience and the divine in us and in the world about us; it knows no bounds of culture or religion. Whoever you are, Christian, Muslim, Jew, other religion, agnostic or atheistic, welcome!

Posted on February 6, 2011, in B6 Kings and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. After the fear death is conquered, David can channel energy freely. Music is then opened to all accordingly to the call of the source or the call of the wild. We never had wars before we had kings. We don’t need Kings to run the world. No more kings. No more suffering. No more tears. No more bullshit.
    Leave Carlos Alone. Saul is my shield. New ways are here for rejection or what ever we all want.

    • I like the comments in the first paragraph. I had not replied because I was unsure of the purpose of the slang, although it can be effectively used. I was also confused by the latter part of your comment. Returning to your comment, it rings true for me. Death (any loss) and the fear of death can prevent us from being fully human and fully alive. It is revealed in many different forms, including that of “kings.” Very pointed comments. That reminds me of several books, all of Eric Fromm: Escape from Freedom, The Sane Society, Psychoanalysis and Religion, and The Dogma of Christ. Thank you for your contribution.

  2. David and Goliath, simbolize the strenth of faith in opposition to evil, for me.The David of the Light(truth); defeats the Goliath of the dark; (ie. evil, disobedience ).As it is in the world , so the battle also is with-in Man himself.By faith and obedience we can defeat the darkness the resides in all men!!!

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