The heroic biblical story of David in the books of Samuel and Kings contains fascinating episodes concerning David's family connections. This seminar will highlight David's ties to his father and brothers; to King Saul and his children Michal (David's wife) and Jonathan (David's loyal friend); and to several of David's other wives (including Abigail and Bathsheba) and children (especially Solomon, Adonijah, Tamar, Amnon, and Absalom). Family rivalries, intrigue, deception, adultery, rape, revenge, murder--and prophetic pronouncements--all find a place in these rousing accounts of David's rise to power and reign as king.
Required text: A Bible
Bill Urbrock (Ph.D., Harvard) is honorary Rosebush Professor emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he taught Biblical Studies and Ancient Near Eastern Religions. He has presented courses, seminars, and lecture series for a variety of civic and educational groups, including Bjӧrklunden. Recent recognition of his contributions to lifelong learning include The Clearing's White Cedar Award and the Robert Berner Teaching Excellence Award from the UW Oshkosh Learning in Retirement program.