A Shepherd and A King
David lived an adventurous life. He protected his family’s sheep from lions and bears. He fought a giant with just a sling and stone. He even spent years hiding from men who were trying to kill him. And eventually, David became a great king. But David was also a man of God. Learn more about this hero from the Bible and his exciting place in history. Discover what it was like to grow up in ancient Israel and then be a king of God’s people. King David—part of the Get to Knowseries—will teach you everything you need to know about an imperfect young man whom God used to do great things!
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By Nancy I. Sanders
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A SHEPHERD BOY
Have you ever read a fairy tale such as Jack and the Beanstalk? A little boy named Jack bought magic beans. He planted them and a tall beanstalk grew up into the sky.
Jack climbed the beanstalk and found a giant. The giant lived in a big castle. He had a magic harp, a magic goose, and lots of gold. Jack took everything from the giant and became rich.
Have you ever read a myth such as Hercules? Hercules was thought to be an ancient god. He could do amazing things. He was stronger than anybody else. He had many exciting adventures.
Stories like these are fun to read or watch in a movie. And for many years, critics said the story of David in the Bible was a myth or fairy tale. They said David was just a story that was fun to read. They said David was not a real person. Nothing had been found in history to prove he actually lived.
But all that changed in 1993. Scientists called archaeologists dug up an artifact from long ago. It was a stone tablet with writing on it. This stone was archaeological evidence. It proved David was a real person.
Over the years, more archaeological evidence has been found. This helps prove the truth of the Bible. Many scholars agree today that the Bible gives an accurate account of David, his life, and the times he lived in.
The Moabite Stone tells about "the house of David." It also has the name Yahweh written on it. This is the name of the God of Israel. Artifacts like this are taken very seriously as proof that the Bible is a reliable historic document.
Why do some people look for proof that David was real? It is because David lived so long ago. He lived around 1000 BC. That's more than 3,000 years ago!
The Bible says that David was very famous. But David wasn't always famous. As a young man, he lived in Bethlehem, in Israel. David was a shepherd. He watched his father's sheep.
One day David was in the fields with his father's sheep. Suddenly someone ran up to David and told him his father needed him.
David hurried to his father. David's father and brothers were visiting with a man named Samuel. Samuel was a very important man in Israel. He was a prophet.
Samuel had come to Bethlehem to find the one God had chosen to be the new king of Israel. At first, Samuel thought God had chosen one of David's brothers. But God said to Samuel, "Do not consider how handsome or tall he is. I have not chosen him. I do not look at the things people look at. Man looks at how someone appears on the outside. But I look at what is in the heart."
Then Samuel saw David. God said to Samuel, "Get up and anoint him. He is the one."
Samuel had an animal horn. It was filled with oil. Samuel anointed David with the oil. This was a special thing to do to show that God had chosen David to be the next king of Israel.
There was just one problem. Israel already had a king—King Saul. And King Saul had a son who was supposed to be the next king.
What was Samuel doing? David and his family probably felt very confused.
David went back to the fields to watch his father's sheep. But he never forgot what Samuel had done that day. And "from that day on," the Bible says, "the Spirit of the Lord came on David with power."
DID YOU KNOW?
The Bible has two sections—The Old Testament and the New Testament. These are also known as the Scriptures. The Old Testament tells the history and beliefs of the Jews. The New Testament tells the history and beliefs of Jesus and his followers. The stories of David are found in the Old Testament.
Samuel—Samuel was a type of ruler in Israel. He ruled as its judge. He was also a prophet and told God's words to the people. Samuel anointed both Saul and then David as kings of Israel. The books of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel in the Bible are about the life and times of Samuel.
The stone found in Tel Dan tells about a battle. It is written by a king who lived north of Israel. The writing on the stone says he killed a king "of the house of David."
One of the most famous Scriptures in the whole Bible is Psalm 23. Psalm 23:1 says, "The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need." David wrote Psalm 23. He was a shepherd. He thought of God as his shepherd too.
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Table of Contents
A Shepherd Boy 11
A Servant in the King's Court 19
The Giant Killer 27
King Saul's Anger 35
In Hiding 41
Waiting for God's Plan 49
Crowned as King 57
The Second King of Israel 65
The Turning Point 75
Sad Times 83
Temple Plans 91
David's Throne Forever 97
Timeline of David 104
Selected Bibliography 111
Source Notes 113
Student Resources 117
About the Author 119
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My kids are at the age where I have been looking for some quality books for them to read on their own. I noticed that there were a few books on biblical characters and King David has always been a favourite of mine and my son has shown interest in learning about him as well. I thought I'd give it a try. To be honest when I originally saw the cover, I thought it may have been more of a story based book, written like a historical novel. When I got Get to Know King David by Nancy I. Sanders in the mail it turned out to be quite different than I expected. While there were chapters and stories, it was more like a Christian text book for kids. The book had facts, figures, timelines, maps, vocabulary, pictures and photographs that give you insight into who David was, where he was, what he did, and his importance to us and his prominence in scripture. All that being said, I actually liked the format of the book. I would have loved to have these when I was growing up. It was less subjective than I thought and was filled with facts that even adults could glean from if they have not looked in depth to the life of David. I think it would be great for a bible class in a Christian school in particular. The book gave me enough to be intrigued with the rest of the books in the series. I will have to see how much interest my children show in reading this one first. I recommend it if you have kids between 7-12 and want to give them a solid overview of David. 4.5/5 stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I received a copy of GET TO KNOW KING DAVID by Nancy I. Sanders from Zonderkids via BookSneeze. It is part of the “Full-Color Biography for Kids” series. I read MARY in the past and loved the installment, so I was excited to receive this one. I was doubly excited because I just watched a movie on King David so I wanted to compare fact to fiction. Surprisingly, the movie was quite spot-on. It was from the 1970’s, but the quality was still good. My parents and I both watched the movie, so we read this autobiography together. We would often say, “That’s just like in the movie!” For example, the characters referred to God as Yahweh. The autobiography starts off by referencing historical research done to prove King David’s existence. I found that interesting, as I had never doubted him to be a real person, nor have I ever heard anyone express doubts in that regard. The series uses timelines, photographs, and paragraphs to explain history and the Bible. Terms children might not know are included at the bottoms of the pages. I will be passing this on to a younger cousin of mine. I highly recommend this for families, children, and classroom settings.
In the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of reviewing a series of books by Nancy I. Sanders. I am simply IN LOVE with this series. I think this series of books is absolutely perfect for my 5 and 6 year old boys. I even think my 3 year old daughter will be able to glean some knowledge and enjoy reading it with me. While the boys cannot read this on their own yet, I believe that each of these books will be a great book for us to read through together and really discuss and learn. David led an adventurous life -- from shepherd to warrior to the king of Israel. But he was also a man of God. "For many years, critics said the story of David in the Bible was a myth or fairy tale. They said David was just a story that was fun to read. They said David was not a real person. Nothing had been found in history to prove he actually lived. But that all changed in in 1993. Scientists called archaeologists dug up an artifact form long ago. It was a stone table with writing on it proving David was a real person." The book and pages are sturdy and colorful. It is well organized with great color photos. There are 4-color maps, Scripture references and fun facts, a Word Bank, and much more. This is sure to become a favorite for young readers and for first book reports! BookLook Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and truthful review.
This is a great book for children. It easy for children to understand. It tell about David live back then. It also has information to help you out like "Did You Know?" - which tell you information or facts, Eye Witness- Give a historian view. It also gives other information. This book tell the bible stories about each person in the bible. It great for children. It also may be something for your young readers in to get to know the bible or stories that are in the bible. The pictures are great as well and make the story come a live.
Get to Know King David is a biography for kids by Nancy I. Sanders. What a great book! The book makes it easy for children to understand who King David was and brings to life the Biblical stories about him. I love the vibrant and beautiful pictures. In addition to the colorful pictures, there are sections of the following: Did You Know? - Which tells of small tidbits of information or facts Eyewitness Account - Which is of historians of the time of eyewitness accounts that tell of the time about the time King David lived. Word Bank - This is on most pages that tell the meaning of certain words. These words are also included in the Glossary of the book Bible Hero - Tells of certain heroes from the Bible scriptures Timeline of King David - Shows an approximate dates of King David’s life and what was going on around the world at the same time I think this book is great for kids and adults, as well. I enjoyed reading it. I was quite impressed with it. I look forward to other books in the Get to Know series. I definitely recommend it to children so they can learn about King David. 5 stars