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Definition: Hebrew king from Judah who made a name for famous when young by defeating the Philistine giant Goliath. He later became king when Saul, the first Jewish king, was killed in battle. David eventually became king of a united kingdom, when the Jewish tribes united. He was king from 1004 B.C. to 965 B.C. He made Jerusalem his capital, and it was the center of both government and religion. David was a very popular king, until he took a foreign wife. He was later succeeded by his son Solomon. David was very good at music, and many of the Psalms that are found in the Christian Bible are said to have been written by him.

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Biography of David
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