The Bible as literature: David, Elvis, and the cult of celebrity

And the women sang to one another as they made merry, “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” That was the headline when the boy heartthrob David killed Goliath (1 Samuel 18:7). No small wonder that King Saul saw the upstart David as a threat and spent the rest of his life trying to kill him. But the women have other things on their mind, including Saul’s own smitten daughter, Michal (see 1 Samuel 18:20). And if you read the account of David’s life in the biblical books of 1 and 2 Samuel, it reads like the archetypal account of the Hollywood celebrity: quick rise from unknown to fame (including the most famous underdog story of them all), live the life of overwhelming luxury, then deal with all the trouble that fame …

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The Bible as literature: David, Elvis, and the cult of celebrity

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  1. pete August 21, 2010
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    I thought that David was “a man after God’s own heart”, not because of his music and songs, but because he never bowed down to idols.
    Thoughts?

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