The heroic Biblical story of David in the books of Samuel and Kings contains fascinating episodes
concerning his family connections. This seminar will highlight David’s ties to his father and
brothers, to King Saul and his children Michal (David’s wife) and Jonathan (David’s loyal friend),
and to several of David’s other wives (including Abigail and Bathsheba) and children (especially
Solomon, Adonijah, Tamar, Amnon and Absalom). Family rivalries, intrigue, deception, adultery,
rape, revenge, murder—and prophetic pronouncements—all find a place in these rousing accounts
of David’s rise to power and reign as king. A dramatic reading and a bit of Hollywood will add a
touch of flair to the seminar.
Bill Urbrock (Ph.D., Harvard) is honorary Rosebush Professor emeritus of Religious Studies at
the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he taught biblical studies and ancient near eastern
religions. He has presented courses, seminars and lecture series for a variety of civic and educational groups,
including Björklunden. Recent recognition of his contributions to lifelong learning include
The Clearing’s White Cedar Award and the Robert Berner Teaching Excellence Award from the
UW–Oshkosh Learning in Retirement program.
Guest performer Liz (Megan) Cole ’63 has had a long acting career on the professional stage and has
made frequent guest-star appearances on television.
Required text: A Bible