King David, lion and bear killer
The book of Samuel describes the story of David and Goliath. But a strange passage of David’s previous deeds caught my eye. Does this passage hint at the continued destruction of earlier religions/civilisations by David’s current one? Note the references to sheep and flock, the lion (pre-Semitic Middle-Eastern idol?) and the bear (Ice-Age European idol?). This formed part of his reasoning as to why he should be allowed to fight Goliath (the giant).
‘But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear;’
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