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date: 29 July 2021

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Although the New Testament is more interested in the Torah, Latter Prophets, and Psalms, there are six quotations from the Historical Books in the New Testament and around 180 allusions. David is mentioned by name fifty-three times, followed by Elijah (29), and Solomon (10), and there are cameo roles for people like Rahab and Elisha. Key events are mentioned, such as the fall of Jericho, Elijah’s prayer for rain, and the building of the temple. The angelic announcement of Samson’s birth lies behind the similar announcement of Jesus’s birth, and the multiplication of loaves by Elisha has influenced the story of the feeding of the five thousand. Of particular significance is the promise of a Davidic dynasty (2 Sam. 7:12–14), which is thought to have been fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ, and is referred to in the Gospels, Acts, Pauline letters, Hebrews, and Revelation.

Keywords: Bathsheba, David, Elijah, Elisha, Jezebel, queen of Sheba, Rahab, Samson, Samuel, Solomon

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