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.

Links to my site:



Graphic Arts








Home Page


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s