David, the slayer of Goliath, lover of Jonathan, ravisher of Bathsheba is one of our cultures great names. The years have turned him into a bloodless saint, yet whilst he was poet and mystic, seeking his God and marveling at the natural world, he was also a military genius and man of mighty passions. Such a story far exceeds the sanctified myth.
David who the world knew slew Goliath is also known for his matchless psalms, yet though he sought peace, he had to be a military genius, experiencing war at all levels, eduring its shock and brutality, as he struggled to re-unite a shattered Israel. There are further contradictions in his life as he had seven wives, all at once, and passionate love affiar with Jonathan, Prince of Israel, yet the Priesthood never condemned his sexual excess until he threatened their power. Yet is was David who walked with God and heard The Voice, as he gave credit for his brillient victories to the inspiration of the Voice. Nonetheless, David lived to be `displeased' with God, whose apparant blindness to cruelty and injustice shocked the idealistic David.
David confronted the dilemma of what to do about the `Non-Chosen' people if you belong to the `Chosen'. Against the wishes of the Priesthood, who engineered the first recorded genocide, David urged peaceful coexistence, giving a timeless modernityto David's story, which will appeal to all interested in the realities of war, love, religious experiences, but most of all, those who enjoy a well told story.
"King David is a great read , I thouroughly enjoyed it" Lord Raymond Plant, Mmeber of C.of. E `Faith in the Cities committee.
`David was a complex man, of compelling appeal and Colin's intrepretation will both provock, stimulate and please" Professor Richard Taylor