He is mentioned in the prophetic literature as an ideal king and an ancestor of a future Messiah, and many psalms are ascribed to him.
Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably existed around 1000 BCE, but that there is little that can be said about him as a historical figure.
He becomes a favorite of King Saul and a close friend of Saul's son Jonathan.
Worried that David is trying to take his throne, Saul turns on David.
David is discussed in the Quran and figures in Islamic oral and written tradition as well.
The biblical character of David has inspired many interpretations in fictional literature over centuries.
Saul plots his death, but Saul's son Jonathan, one of those who loves David, warns him of his father's schemes and David flees.When the story was retold in 1 Chronicles (4th century BCE) he was made the youngest of seven sons and given two sisters, Zeruiah and Abigail.The Book of Ruth (possibly also 4th century BCE) traces his ancestry back to Ruth the Moabite.and then to Keilah, where he is involved in a further battle with the Philistines.Saul plans to besiege Keilah so that he can capture David, so David leaves the city in order to protect its inhabitants.