Books: Psalmist Psychologized

DAVID THE KING—Gladys Schmitt—Dial ($3).

David the King, a full-bodied (631-page) retelling of the great Biblical story by the author of The Gates of Aulis (TIME, June 15,1942), is the March choice of The Literary Guild and the Religious Book Club.

The story of David, the spoiled shepherd poet who climbed into royal favor, betrayed King Saul and his people, took over the throne, ruled Israel in her march from primitivism to the brink of decadence, and declined among the dissensions, rapes, assassinations, and revolutionary plots of his children, then sought and found his God...

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