King of All Israel and tribal king of Judea. Granted wisdom and prophecy by God, he was anointed King at Hebron.
As a young shepherd, he was renowned for his musical talents. King Saul brought David to the royal palace as a musical attendant. David then distinguished himself as a warrior in the field and a shield-bearer. King Saul gave his daughter Michal as a bride to David and, upon Saul’s untimely death, left David as a legitimate heir to the throne. David was elected as King and shortly thereafter defeated the Philistines and their champion, Goliath.
For a detailed history of King David, see the Jewish Encyclopedia.« Back to Glossary Index