Of all the figures in the Bible, David arguably stands out as the most perplexing and enigmatic. He was many things: a warrior who subdued Goliath and the Philistines; a king who united a nation; a poet who created beautiful, sensitive verse; a loyal servant of God who proposed the great Temple and founded the Messianic line; a schemer, deceiver, and adulterer who freely indulged his very human appetites. Rabbi Wolpe takes a fresh look at David in an attempt to find coherence in his seemingly contradictory actions and impulses.


Rabbi David Wolpe

(Sinai Temple)

Bible and Its Interpreters Seminar Series

David Wolpe is the senior rabbi of the Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, the largest Conservative congregation west of the Mississippi River. Named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine (2012) and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post (2012), he is the author of seven books, including Why Faith Matters (Harper Collins, 2008).

Moderator: William Schniedewind

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UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

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UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures