David danced before the Lord: King David as the Ancestor of Christ

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David danced before the Lord: King David as the Ancestor of Christ

Janet Tollington

King David is one of the most vivid characters in the Bible. Complex and contradictory, he a man of great faith who lives a life of joyful intimacy with God and yet is still flawed, sinful and called to repentance.

Saturday 13 June 2 - 4.30pm
Wren Suite £15 (bursaries are available)

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His are some of the most memorable stories in the Bible. In his youth, he defeated the giant Goliath, danced before the Lord (to the embarrassment of his wife), and formed a passionate friendship with Jonathan. In his maturity he becomes King and his story darkens into war, family breakdown, heartrending grief at the death of his son and perhaps the darkest moment of all when he orders Bathsheba’s husband’s death in order to take her for himself.

But in the Gospels, Jesus is called Son of David, and David’s finer qualities are ones that point us to Christ and become evident in the story of Christ.

Janet Tollington will bring King David to life, exploring the light and dark of his life and character, asking what aspects of his story have resonance and relevance for us, and why he should matter to us as Christians today.

The Revd Dr Janet Tollington is an Old Testament scholar and a Minister in the United Reformed Church. She has taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Westminster College, Cambridge within the Cambridge Theological Federation, an ecumenical body for lay and ordained ministry training. A much-loved teacher, she is back with us by popular demand.

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