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The second Jewish King, and the first from the tribe of Yehudah (Judah).

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What was the age of King David when he married Bath Sheva?

What was the age of King David when he married Bath Sheva? Is it possible to know it from the Bible or from Chazal? I tried to find information about it, but unfortunately, I couldn't find it.
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Why did King David tell Itai to go back or to wander somewhere else

In Shmuel 2 Chapter 15 Paragraph 20 Kind David singles out Itai and tells him to either go back or to leave him.. Was he scared that Itai would betray him? or did he fear for his and his brothers ...
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Ephrathites, such as David both from Ephraim as Yehudah?

Looking at the words Ephrathite and Ephraimite (אפרתי) they have the exact same spelling. From the website doitinhebrew.com the dictionary even said: ‘Ephraimite; inhabitant of Ephrat(ah).’ This ...
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Why were the Israelites punished on account of King David's census?

In 2 Samuel 24, King David orders a census, against the advice of his chief of staff, Joab. Then God becomes angry and 70,000 people die of a plague. David is repentant: But afterward David ...
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What is the source that says David wrote Psalms / Tehillim while hiding from Saul

I'm trying to find the source of the common tradition that David wrote at least part of Tehillim while on the run from Shaul, but I can't find any sources. Does anyone here know of a source for this ...
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What was wrong with David referring to Torah as a song?

What is wrong with King David calling the Torah a song (tehillim 119:54, Sotah 35a) when the Torah calls itself such (Devarim 31:19, Nedarim 38a)
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If one may not say tehillim at night, why did King Dovid?

If one may not say tehillim at night, why did King Dovid? As related in begining of Gemara Brochos. Saying Tehilim after shkia
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what is the status when there are two anointed kings at the same time?

The Rabbi's teach that one kingship does not overlap with another even a hairbreadth (Yoma 38b). I understand this to mean that there may be only 1 Jewish king ruling at a time, or in the case where ...
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David & Yonatan and homosexuality

I once heard an idea (in a non-Torah source, see for example the academic opinions cited in Wikipedia) that David and Yonatan had homosexual tendencies, based mainly on the following two pesukim: I ...
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How did King David think he could thwart God's plan?

The Talmud (Shabbat 30a) relates the following interesting tale about King David's death: And as to what Solomon said, 'for a living dog is better than a dead lion', — that is as Rab Judah said in ...
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Did King David really fast on alternate days?

Could you please let me know whether King David fasted on alternate days? Have you got this tradition in Judaism? Any historical reference?
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Should I pray to God based on my own merit?

In the book of Tehillim (Psalms), Chapter 86, King David says the following: שָֽׁמְרָ֣ה נַפְשִׁי֮ כִּֽי־חָסִ֪יד אָ֥נִי הוֹשַׁ֣ע עַ֭בְדְּךָ אַתָּ֣ה אֱלֹהַ֑י הַבּוֹטֵ֥חַ אֵלֶֽיךָ׃ ...
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David's census issue

Why was David's census so unpleasant to our Creator? Was it a sin? If so, why? What is wrong in doing a census? There were previous censuses made and there were no problems.
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Why was King David allowed to mourn on the floor?

I heard from my rav that one of the laws of a king is that during mourning, he is not allowed to sit on the floor. Rather he sits on a couch, so as not shame his status as the king. If this is true, ...
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How did the altar indicate that the sons of Shaul were to be killed?

In Yerushalmi Sanhedrin 6:7 (also found in bYevamot 78b with an alternate girsa) King David uses the altar to indicate which of Shaul's son's should be given over to the Gibeonim. אמר להן הריני ...
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Why was King David Punished for Sending Others to Conduct a Census?

If there is no agency for sin, why was King David punished for sending people out to conduct a (forbidden) census? (Explanation of agency: The Talmud says "ein sheliach l'dvar averia," which means, ...
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Why was it wrong for David to number Israel?

(This is not a duplicate of halacha - Why was King David Punished for Sending Others to Conduct a Census? - Mi Yodeya.) 1 Chronicles 21, and 2 Samuel 24 relate how King David took it upon himself to ...
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משיח צדקך vs. דוד עבדך

After viduy during the Yamim Noraim selichot, we have several paragraphs quoting pesukim about teshuva. The second one starts with משיח צדקך אמר לפניך On Yom Kippur, this is changed to ודוד ...
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Did King David's parents abandon him? (Psalm 27)

This time of year we say the Psalm 27 “LeDavid Ori”. It contains a line, "For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord gathers me in." Why might King David have even thought of ...
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Was the Lubavitcher Rebbe a descendant of Dovid HaMelech?

Some Chabad chassidim believe the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was and is the Moshiach. (This is a subject that has been addressed already on this SE.) My question is, a ...
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What Happened To King Davids Parents?

I read somewhere (I believe it was a midrash) that King David's parents were murdered? Is this this factual or is it an allegory for some other interpretation e.g losing their money/status?
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A holistic explanation of King David's use of Avishag

Melachim 1:1: וְהַמֶּלֶךְ דָּוִד זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים וַיְכַסֻּהוּ בַּבְּגָדִים וְלֹא יִחַם לוֹ׃ King David was now old, advanced in years; and though they covered him with bedclothes, he never ...
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Among which “people” should we make “his deeds known”?

Beginning of Psalm 105: .הודוּ לה' קִרְאוּ בִשְׁמו. הודִיעוּ בָעַמִּים עֲלִילותָיו Give thanks to the Lord, call out in His name; make His deeds known among the peoples. Which people? Fellow Jews? ...
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Is any of Tehillim considered prophecy?

Most of Tehillim was written by David about himself. Are there any psalms that are considered prophecy or even messianic prophecy?
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Talmudic sages of Davidic descent

Which (individual) sages of Talmud were said to be traced back to King David? IIRC, R. Hillel was one (?). Are there others? Sources are welcome.
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Why did David choose to lay with a married woman when it seems so out of his character?

How Could David go and do this? I understand the whole get thing that before going into battle the men would give their wives a get in case they died, but nevertheless, we're talking about the great ...
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Halachic explanation of King David closeness with Avishag

Shulhan Aruch Even HaEzer 21 and 22 records the Halacha against men and women touching each other (especially Derech Hiba; whether it is Deorayta or Derabanan is a Mahloket Rishonim between Rambam and ...
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Is King Saul positively regarded in Judaism?

King David is well-known to be positively regarded in Judaism, not only for his great accomplishments and devotion (psalms, if not authored by him, became prominent because of him), but also as the ...
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Were Kohanim forbidden from serving in King David's army?

The gemara in a couple places (Shabbos 56a, Kesuvos 9b) tells us that before leaving to battle, the soldiers in King David's army would give a conditional get to their wives in order to prevent a ...
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David had the Holy Spirit. Can any jew have it too? [closed]

"Cast me not away from Your presence; and take not Your holy spirit from me." Psalms 51:11 "(51:13) << According to this post, our Creator gives us a Yechidah at the time of ...
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Animal R'aim of the midrash

I saw in the book, "The midrash says" by Rabbi Moshe Weissman that the Midrash Socher Tov 22 explains that a creature called R'aim that David mistook as a hill, lifted David up into the sky and only ...
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Where did David “sit before Hashem” in Divrei Hayamim I 17:16?

In Divrei Hayamim I 17:16 we read: "And King David came and sat before the L-rd, and he said, "Who am I, O L-rd G-d, and who is my house, that You have brought me thus far? Reading this verse, the ...
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In 2 Samuel 8:4 was David rendering the horses unable to stand up (and graze) or just ruining them as war horses?

2 Samuel 8:4 JPS And David captured from him, one thousand and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen; and David houghed [IE: "hamstrung"] all the chariots [horses] and left over of them ...
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Connection between the eulogy of Shaul by Dovid and Nedarim

Two Mishnayos in Nedarim, 3:11 and 9:10, contain quotes from the eulogy of Shaul by Dovid . Both quotes are tangents, they don't directly relate to each other in context, and neither is really ...
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King David conquering bandits/troops (literally, גדוד) to get money for Jews in need

The Talmud Bavli Brachot (3b) says that when Jews needed financial assistance and the economy did not have enough money to go around, King David would advise the sages of Israel to confiscate money ...
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Psalm 41:10 Who is King David's friend who lifted his heel against him?

Do we know who is the friend King David is speaking of who lifted his heel against him? If it was Johnathan, how do we determine this? Psalms 41:9 (Hebrew v. 10) Even my close friend in whom I ...
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David's Idol: why did he have one?

In שמואל א יט it says in reference to David's escape from Saul: וַתִּקַּ֨ח מִיכַ֜ל אֶת־הַתְּרָפִ֗ים וַתָּ֙שֶׂם֙ אֶל־הַמִּטָּ֔ה וְאֵת֙ כְּבִ֣יר הָֽעִזִּ֔ים שָׂ֖מָה מְרַֽאֲשֹׁתָ֑יו וַתְּכַ֖ס בַּבָּֽגֶד׃...
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On the day when the Mashiach is finally revealed, how are we supposed to determine they truly come from the Davidic Line?

At a certain point, we are supposed to expect Mashiach to come and to fulfill various prophecies. One of those prophecies is that he will reestablish the Davidic dynasty when he claims his title as ...
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Was it right for David to hang Saul's descendants for their father's sin?

In II Samuel chapter 21, David orders the hanging of seven males from Saul's issue (at the request of the Gibeonites) for Saul's wiping out of Nob. When I read this chapter, I was confused. We know ...
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From where does Rabbi Nachman know that King David's Lyre possessed 5 strings?

In Likutei Moharan 1:8:2 Rabbi Nachman says: (Source From Sefaria.org) כי כנור של דוד היה של חמש נימין, כנגד חמשה חמשי תורה [King] David's Lyre had 5 strings, corresponding to the 5 books of the ...
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When did David Hamelech become the fourth leg of the Merkavah?

When did David Hamelech become the fourth leg of the Merkavah? The Sefer Rekanti Al Hatorah (toward the end of *Parshas Noach) cites the Zohar Chadash (P. Lech-Lecha) stating that David Hamelech ...
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Was King David the head of the Sanhedrin?

It's widely assumed that Dovid HaMelech was the head of the Sanhedrin; see, for example, Kesef Mishneh in the beginning of Rambam's introduction to Yad HaChazaka. However, the Gemara in Berachos 4a ...
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Who is speaking in Tehillim Perek 32 Psukim 8 + 9?

Tehillim Perek 32 is apparently a psalm written by David HaMelech himself, adressed to Hashem (I'm not in love with this translation, but it works): לְדָוִ֗ד מַ֫שְׂכִּ֥יל אַשְׁרֵ֥י נְֽשׂוּי־...
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How can it be that David hamelech died on shavuos and Shabbos

The Gemara (Mesechet Shabbat) says that Shavuot can never fall on Shabbat. But it is known that David Hamelech was niftar on Shavuot and Shabbat?
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What is happening in Samuel 2 Chapter 24?

The chapter starts out saying that the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. (Does this just mean the northern kingdom?) Here Rashi says he doesn't know what it is about: https://www.chabad....
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Why honor someone who teaches one thing? Say dayo lihyos k'Achisofel!

In פרק קנין תורה (read as though it were the sixth chapter of Avos during the annual, repeated reading of Avos), we have: הלא דברים קל וחומר ומה דוד מלך ישראל שלא למד מאחיתופל אלא שני דברים בלבד קראו ...
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Did Samuel annoint David in Publicly?

It seems from I Samuel 16 that Samuel pretended to come in peace, and then anointed David. Also, if it was done publicly, how come nobody told Saul, look, someone claiming to be prophets is anointing ...
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No Monarchy = No Need for a Davidic Dynasty?

If it is true that "som tasim - Placing you shall place" (cf. Devarim 17:15) is not a mitzvah, but a reshut (cf. Ibn Ezra there). And if what the Abarbanel (to Devarim 16:18-21:9) and the Netziv (on ...
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How a tribe that was just decimated (end of the book of judges) managed to unify all other tribes into a kingdom (beginning of the book of Samuel)? [closed]

How the tribe of Benjamin after the concubine incident went from being a wiped out people, to producing Saul as a warlord and unifying all Israel? It seems almost as if the davidic scribe of the ...
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Dovid got lifespan from Adam and/or the Avos

I think it's pretty well known that there's an idea that 70 years from Adam's life were given to Dovid Hamelech, which is why he lived to 930 and not 1000. A source that I found for this is Zohar ...