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The anointing of David as King of Judah

Posted in Bible, Religion, Royalty on Friday, 29 April 2011

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After some years of terrible enmity within the court of King Saul, whose bitter jealousy and rivalry swamped the deep affection he felt for David, matters at last reach their climax with the tragic suicide of the King on Mount Gilboa, as he is mortally wounded and devastated by the deaths of his sons.

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The anointing of David as King of Judah, by Clive Uptton

David, too, is overwhelmed with sadness, but most especially enormous grief for one son, his friend and ‘brother’, the loyal and devoted Jonathan. After a period of mourning he and all his men and their families go to the city of Hebron, and it is there that all the elders of Israel come together and make a covenant with David; they then watch the simple and solemn ceremony in which a priest anoints David as their monarch, and loudly acclaim their young and heroic King of Judah.

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