[[File:'David' by Michelangelo JBU14.JPG|thumb|alt=Head of Michelangelo's David|Michelangelo’s David]]
(c.1043–c.973 <small>B</small>.<small>C</small>.) one of the most loved and revered figures in Hebrew history, was born the youngest son of Jesse of Bethlehem.
I Samuel 17 records how, as a young shepherd boy, he single-handedly slew the Philistine giant Goliath.
Anointed by the prophet [[Samuel]] as the successor of Saul, David rose to become king of all of Israel, reuniting the [[twelve tribes]] as one nation and greatly extending its borders. He established Jerusalem as the capital and there enshrined the [[ark of the covenant]]. David is honored as the “ideal king”—symbol of the bond between God and nation.
His soul reembodied as the Lord [[Jesus Christ]].