I often ask my students: “Quick, tell me which books in the Bible are all about David?” It’s not a trick question, although somebody in the past definitely made it trickier by how they named the books. 2 Samuel isn’t about Samuel at all; he already died in 1 Samuel. I would argue that the “Book of Samuel,” as a whole, should more properly be titled the “Book of David.” The Book of Chronicles would be easier for people to read if it was called the “Book of David and Sons.”
I can hardly change matters now, and so our new collection must necessarily be titled “2 Samuel,” as few Bible readers would be drawn to a new photographic resource for the “Book of David.” But make no mistakeóour photos walk you through the life and reign of David. And it is an extraordinary journey, for no individual in the Old Testament is described in as much detail as David, from his lament at Jonathan’s death to his intercession for God’s people at what would become the Temple Mount.