Philip Davies on Dead Sea Scrolls and Historicity of Hebrew Bible

The Bible Odyssey website provides four videos in which the late Professor Emeritus Philip Davies (1945-2018) discussed the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and biblical scholarship, and the non-historicity of Kings David and Solomon.

1. Philip R. Davies on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the plurality within early Judaism.

2. Philip R. Davies on how the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has affected biblical scholarship

3. Philip R. Davies on whether Solomon and David existed.

4. Philip R. Davies on what the Tel Dan inscription may or may not say.

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The Historical David: Joel Baden interviewed by John J. Collins

John J. Collins interviews Joel Baden about his recently published book The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero (HarperCollins, 2013). Baden follows a prevalent North American approach in claiming to be able to detect an extensive “historical kernel” in the biblical David traditions, originally written within the lifetime of those who knew David. The interview was recorded on January 28, 2014 at Yale Divinity School, and concludes with a Q&A session.

The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero offers a controversial look at the history of King David, the founder of the nation of Israel whose bloodline leads to Jesus, challenging prevailing popular beliefs about his legend. Baden makes clear that the biblical account of David is an attempt to shape the events of his life politically and theologically. Going beyond the biblical bias, he explores the events that lie behind the David story, events that are grounded in the context of the ancient Near East and continue to inform modern Israel.

Joel Baden and John J. Collins