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With Skilful Hand.

With Skilful Hand

David T. Barnard

McGill-Queen's University Press

3430 McTavish Street, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3A 1X9

0773527141 $29.95 1-800-387-0141

The latest addition to the outstanding "McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Religion" series, With Skilful Hand: The Story Of King David by David T. Barnard (President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina) brings to life the ancient scriptural tale of King David. Structured in the format of an imaginary series of letters from Biblical characters, With Skilful Hand adheres firmly to the content and meaning of the scriptures, carefully avoiding the temptation to embellish with unrecorded details, while creating a highly readable and smoothly flowing rendition that lay people can follow and enjoy as much as scholars. King David's own character manifested in such diverse roles as commander, father, murderer, poet, and "a man after God's own heart" in scripture; it is these at times paradoxically conflicting roles that make his story fascinating reading from cover to cover. Appendices allow for quick reference of names of people, names of places, the source passages, and offer a guide to further reading. Highly recommended.
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Title Annotation:With Skilful Hand: The Story of King David
Author:Vogel, Paul T.
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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