Bible & The Arts
Biblical Commentaries
Biblical Languages
Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
History of the Biblical Period
Literature of the Bible
New Testament
Theology of the Bible
Bible Bibliographies
Bible in the Modern World
Biblical Reception
Classic Reprints
Dictionary of Classical Hebrew
Dictionary of Classical Hebrew Revised
Earth Bible Commentary
Hebrew Bible Monographs
Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism
New Testament Monographs
Readings: A New Biblical Commentary
Recent Research in Biblical Studies
Text of the Hebrew Bible
The Social World of Biblical Antiquity, First Series
The Social World of Biblical Antiquity, Second Series
Click here for titles coming soon...
Click here to view the latest titles
Click here to view the complete catalogue
Search Books & Journals
About Us
For Authors
For Customers
Contact Us

x + 242 pp.

£20 / $35 / €25
Scholar's Price

£40 / $70 / €50
List Price

Identity and Loyalty in the David Story
A Postcolonial Reading
Uriah Y. Kim

In this volume, Uriah Kim examines King David in a new light – the politics of identity and loyalty. He reads the David story from the North American context, in which millions of Americans are compelled to make a choice between their multiple heritages, which are inseparably encoded in their genetic or cultural makeup. In making this choice, their loyalty to their nation and to their particular racial/ethnic community is questioned if they do not define themselves with a single identity.
Kim sees a David who was radically inclusive: an egalitarian who was open to making connections with people across various boundaries and differences and who was thus able to build a multi-ethnic kingdom. Rather than basing his rule on his own tribal identity, David built his kingdom by attracting the loyalty of diverse constituents and by putting together an eclectic coalition of ethnic, tribal, and religious groups based on loyalty. It was only later, as part of the identity formation of ancient Israel, that people who were equally part of David’s hybridized kingdom were separated into ‘real’ Israelites as opposed to ‘the other’ in the narrative.
In this reading, Kim leads the reader to a new understanding of David: he did not just use Realpolitik and the sword, nor did he depend totally on God’s providence to establish his kingdom; rather, he practised the transgressive power of hesed (‘loyalty and kindness’) to forge his kingdom.

Uriah Y. Kim is Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT.

Series: Hebrew Bible Monographs, 22
978-1-906055-58-5 hardback
Publication November 2008

1 Introduction: Toward a Postcolonial Reading Of David
2 Understanding Hesed as a Postcolonial Term
3 Raising the House of David on Hesed
4 Sustaining the House of David with Hesed
5 The Hybridization of David’s Kingdom
6 The Purification of the David Story
Epilogue: The Politics of Identity and Loyalty in North America