Killer, Poet, Sage, Boy: Pinsky's David
* The Life of David, by Robert Pinsky. Schocken, 2005.
From Robert Pinsky, America's former Poet Laureate, one might have expected an exploration of biblical poetry-the prophets, Job, the Song of Songs. But his first poem on a biblical subject actually arose from the (prose) Book of Daniel. And in his new book, Pinsky has written an immediately absorbing and beautifully written introduction to the best-loved and by far the most charismatic of all biblical kings: David Melech Israel.
As a companion, Pinsky proves particularly intuitive and quirky when he suggests contemporary parallels to the tenth-century BCE contexts: during …