In recent OT scholarship, there is a growing tendency to understand the portrayal of Israel in the OT as bearing little relation to the ancient Israel of history—the so-called minimalist stance. In particular, the existence of a united monarchy under David is now questioned and often rejected. Readers of the OT with theological concerns often appear to confront or disengage with these trends and their implications for the study of the OT. But might theological interpreters fruitfully engage with minimalist readings of the OT? Taking John Van Seters's The Biblical Saga of King David as a test case of a radically revisionist reading of the life of David, the implications of a reading of this sort are considered in hermeneutical and theological perspective.

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