The story of King David is the richest, most robust and complex portrait of any character in the Hebrew Bible. As king and warrior David excels. But in his human relationships with his wives, children, and others, David’s behavior is often less than heroic. How does David become the eternal hero of the Jewish people? Why does Jewish tradition teach that the Messiah will be a descendent of King David? In the fall semester of this course we will discuss David’s relationships with both human beings and God as presented by the author of I-II Samuel. In the winter semester, we will explore David’s image as poet in the book of Psalms and the role assigned to him by the rabbis as the ancestor of the messiah and redeemer of Israel. Class meets on Tuesdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6, 13, and 20. To purchase a ticket for all 8 sessions, select the first date from the list. For individual sessions, select date desired.