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David is No Temple Builder

Social Sciences

Why the Lord Doesn’t Allow David to Build the Temple: This essay from Jewish poet Atar Hadari discusses why David is not God’s person or politician of intersection between the Temple and Israel. David remains a revolutionary hero, a guerrilla leader and desert tribal bandit—too much of a renegade at heart to be entrusted with His house.  Students can examine this thesis as a way to begin the complicated study of religion and politics.

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