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Man and New Man: David’s Masculinity in Film

Johanna Stiebert
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  • Theology and Religious Studies, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK
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Published Online: 2015-11-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbr-2015-0012


This paper explores the masculinity of King David in the biblical text alongside three film versions dating to 1951, 1984, and 1997. The paper demonstrates how in different times David's masculinity is constructed to reflect contemporary mores.

Keywords: masculinity; Hebrew Bible; David; Jonathan; Bathsheba; film; homoeroticism

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About the article

Corresponding author: Johanna Stiebert, Theology and Religious Studies, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK, e-mail:

Published Online: 2015-11-06

Published in Print: 2015-11-01

Citation Information: Journal of the Bible and its Reception, Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 197–218, ISSN (Online) 2329-4434, ISSN (Print) 2329-440X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbr-2015-0012.

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