Orthodox Remembrance Day: 26 December, Sunday after Christmas

Name means: the beloved (Hebrew)

King of Israel

Attributes: slingshot, harp

Patron: the singer, musician, poet and miner


* 1034 BC in Bethlehem

971 BC in Jerusalem

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


David, son of Isai from the tribe of Judah, an unusually handsome young man, was first a shepherd, then a leader of a kind of guerrilla force, which earned him the attention and rivalry of King Saul as a representative of the traditional power of order in Israel. Saul brought David to his court, made him his weapon bearer, commissioned him with dangerous military missions – such as the feuds with Philistines, with David stabbing the physically far superior Goliath with the slingshot (1 Samuel 17) – and tried to integrate him into his system of rule by marrying his daughter (1 Samuel 18).  David moved to Hebräischon – today’s Al Khalil in Palestine – and had himself anointed as king by the men of Judah, the elders of the area (2 Samuel 2, In David’s reign, after victorious battles against Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites and Aramaeans, the land was enlarged beyond Damascus and to Eilat and flourished economically. Due to his musical talent, he is also considered the author of many biblical psalms.


Joachim Schäfer: Article David, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints:

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