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David’s Truth: In Israel’s Imagination and Memory


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Known as one of America’s best theologians and one of the world’s foremost scholars on the Old Testament, Walter Brueggemann has inspired young scholars and students and driven the discourse on theology with some of the biggest players in contemporary Bible scholarship.

In this completely revised edition of a true classic, Walter Brueggemann thoughtfully examines four different sets of David narratives. Each narrative reflects a particular social context, a particular social hope, and a particular community. Thus these stories offer a distinctly different “mode of truth” concerning this pivotal biblical figure. The tribe, the family, the state, and the assembly each has a different agenda and thus draws a very different portrait of the one who helps define them and is defined by them.

With the Logos Bible Software edition, you can journey through this volume with today’s most advanced tools for reading and studying God’s Word. All Scripture passages are linked to your library’s original language texts and English translations. Enhance your study with Logos’ advanced features—search by topic to find out what Brueggemann teaches on the Exodus, or find every mention of “Psalm 91” throughout his works.

Key Features

  • Provides essential Old Testament scholarship from one of the most prominent living scholars
  • Contains four thoughtful examinations of narratives of David
  • Includes material perfect for pastors, professors, counselors, and Old Testament scholars


  • The Trustful Truth of the Tribe
  • The Painful Truth of the Man
  • The Sure Truth of the State
  • The Hopeful Truth of the Assembly

Product Details

  • Title: David’s Truth: In Israel’s Imagination and Memory
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 176

About Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann through his teaching, lecturing, and writing, has effectively demonstrated the significance of the Old Testament for our fractured world today. Recognized as the preeminent interpreter of the ancient texts in relation to questions posed by a variety of academic disciplines, he has shown the way toward a compelling understanding of the major components of the faith and life of ancient Israel, especially its Psalms, the prophets, and the narratives. His award-winning Theology of the Old Testament quickly became a foundational work in the field.

Brueggemann, who holds a ThD from Union Seminary, New York, and a PhD from St. Louis University, is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He was previously professor of Old Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis. His many Fortress Press books, including The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness, exhibit a fecund combination of imaginative power, sound scholarship, and a passion of justice and redemption.

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  • Title: David’s Truth: In Israel’s Imagination and Memory
  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: David, King of Israel; Bible. O.T. 1 Samuel › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Bible. O.T. 2 Samuel › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-11T18:17:10Z

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and the author of numerous books, including David’s Truth: In Israel’s Imagination and MemoryInterpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Genesis, and The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary.


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    Great examination of Davidic writings and their influence on Israel's history and traditions... worth a read!

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