David | King of Israel

● Orthodox Remembrance Day: December 26, Sunday after Christmas
● Name means: the beloved (from Hebrew)
● King of Israel
● Attributes: slingshot, harp
● Patron: the singer, musician, poet and miner
● Born 1034 B.C. in Bethlehem, Israel
● Died 971 B.C. in Jerusalem, Israel
David was the son of Isai from the tribe of Judah and was characterized as an uncommonly
handsome young man. He spent his early years as a shepherd, tending to his flocks and honing
the skills that would later prove invaluable in his military campaigns. As a young man, he
became a leader of a guerilla force, which brought him into the rivalry of King Saul, who
represented the traditional power of order in Israel.
Despite this rivalry, Saul recognized the military talent of David and brought him to court, where
he became his trusted weapon bearer. Saul commissioned David with numerous dangerous
military missions, including the infamous feud with the Philistines. It was during this conflict

that David used his unparalleled skill with a slingshot to defeat the physically superior Goliath, a
feat that cemented his place in history.
David was not content to simply serve under Saul, however. He saw himself as the rightful king
of Israel and took steps to make that dream a reality. He moved to Hebron, which is known today
as Al Khalil in Palestine, and had himself anointed as king by the men of Judah and the area’s
elders.
David’s reign was marked by numerous military victories against a variety of foes, including the
Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, and Aramaeans. Under his leadership, Israel expanded its
territory beyond Damascus and Eilat and flourished economically. David was not only a skilled
military leader but also a talented musician and is considered the author of many biblical psalms.
In summary, David was a complex figure whose skills as a shepherd, military leader, and
musician enabled him to become one of the most important figures in the history of Israel. His
rivalry with King Saul and his subsequent rise to power are a testament to his determination and
his belief in his own destiny. His military campaigns and economic successes cemented his place
in history as one of the greatest rulers of his time.