These two chapters mark the turning point in David’s story. They offer vital clues also to how we “read” biblical narratives. Nathan’s story within a story provides hints, abouit the nature of narrative meaning David’s strange behaviour  during his child’s illness and on his death provides both a clue to an interpretative rule, and some good practice 🙂 .  Read More →

“The fall of Israel” is a theological (not historical) title. This five covers almost the whole history of the Israelite kingdoms from David to the destruction of Jerusalem. The Deuteronomistic History (Joshua-Kings) from which they all come (cf. remarks on Judges) tell the story with the end in view, one important goal of these books is to explain the fall of Jerusalem and the exile. So this is a good selection to understand what is going on: Even the great king David is human and fails (spectacularly) Solomon is seen at his best – asking for and displaying wisdom not wealth or power; building theRead More →

Bible stories, with a few exceptions (maybe some parables for example) do NOT have nice neat “morals”. If you want to say “and the moral of the story is…” don’t read the Bible. But by contrast if you want people with real depth, who make it difficult for us to work out what their motives are, and therefore hard to simply place them in appropriate “boxes”, the Bible is the book for you 🙂 In this reading we’ll notice depth and complexity in two of the less central characters, Michal and Nathan. In that complexity we may find clues to living our own, often alsoRead More →