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This article deals with the beginning and end of David's life. David's lonely end, a reflection of his incapacity to love, marks the tragic close to his promising beginnings. The author shows how the stories that introduce David are missing two elements: a birth story and a genealogy. This absence can be explained by the biblical author's desire to portray David as a male-Cinderella. This missing birth story can perhaps be reconstructed by reading between the lines in 1 Samuel 16–17, but alsodoi:10.30752/nj.69598 fatcat:v2ugo6opsfbo5iknatg7av44ja