King David is the most fully documented character in the Torah. His narrative is epic, filled with the kind of detail—heroic and unsavory—that makes David such a compelling character. We identify with his yearning for a relationship with G-d, his courage in battle, we see aspects of ourselves in his tragic weakness as a man, a husband and father. David is, above all, profoundly human.
As a screenwriter, I consider the David story the greatest narrative never properly filmed. Saul’s daughter, and David’s (sometime) wife Michal is worthy of her own movie.
The bible critics who label themselves minimalists have made it their mission to attack the story of King David as a fabrication. They claim that no such man ever lived. The biblical narrative, they further assert, is probably based on some minor tribal chieftan who, for religious and nationalist motives, has been elevated to kinghood.
Of course, the 1933 Tel Dan “House of David” inscription provided archeological proof of David’s rule and the ongoing excavations in the City of David in Jerusalem provides further evidence, but the minimilists—true believers—dismiss the discoveries and continue their jihad of denial.
Now, another exciting archeological discovery in Israel provides even more physical evidence of David’s kingdom.