(D) The Story of King David

40 modules


Dr. Creasy




In King David, the Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel, Jonathan Kirsch observes:  


At the heart of the Book of Samuel, where the story of David is first told, we find a work of genius that anticipates the romantic lyricism and tragic grandeur of Shakespeare, the political wile of Machiavelli, and the modern psychological insight of Freud.  And, just as much as Shakespeare or Machiavelli or Freud, the frank depiction of David in the pages of the Bible has defined what it means to be a human being:  King David is “a symbol of the complexity and ambiguity of human experience itself.


No two-dimensional pious character, David “played exquisitely, he fought heroically, he loved titanically,” as historian Abram Leon Sachar notes.  “Withal he was a profoundly simple being, cheerful, despondent, selfish, generous, sinning one moment, repenting the next, the most human character of the Bible.” Like everyone else, from Samuel to Saul to Jonathan—to God himself—when we encounter David we are charmed by him, and we fall under his spell. 


As a work of literature, the David story is one of the most complex and subtle narratives in the Bible, and it is among the greatest stories in world literature.  When we approach it, we do well to bring all of our critical reading skills, sharply honed.


And that's what Dr. Creasy does in this course!


Lesson #1:  Introduction to “The Story of King David”


No two-dimensional pious character, David “played exquisitely, he fought heroically, he loved titanically,” as historian Abram Leon Sachar notes.  “Withal he was a profoundly simple being, cheerful, despondent, selfish, generous, sinning one moment, repenting the next, the most human character of the Bible.”  Like everyone else, from Samuel to Saul to Jonathan—to God himself—when we encounter David we are charmed by him, and we fall under his spell. 


As a work of literature, the David story is one of the most complex and subtle narratives in Scripture, and it is among the greatest stories in all of world literature. 


In Lesson #1 we introduce the story.


Lesson #2:  The Birth of Samuel (1: 1 – 3: 21)


Samuel is the last of the judges and the transition from decentralized, ad hoc authority to centralized, permanent kingship.  Recall that in the latter days of the judges, after the time of Samson, “there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own sight” (Judges 21: 25).  Although the judges started out well, they ended badly:  Israel and its ad hoc leaders had become corrupt on every level—moral, political and religious.  They were terrible times, and if the times had gotten worse, Israel—as a loose confederation of competing tribes—would have collapsed into chaos and been put under the ban by one or more of the many enemies who surrounded them.


It was time for God to intervene!



Read:  1 Samuel 1: 1 – 3: 21.


Enrichment  Material

Lawrence Boadt, “‘A King Like Those of Other Nations’:  The Books of Samuel and Kings,” Reading the Old Testament, an Introduction, pp. 194-210.

Leslie J. Hoppe, “Reading Guide, 1 & 2 Samuel,” The Catholic Study Bible, pp. 169-183.


Lesson #3:       Philistines Capture the Ark of the Covenant!  (4: 1 – 7: 1)


In our study of Exodus, we built the Ark of the Covenant, and in Leviticus, we learned that the Ark resided within the Tabernacle’s “holy of Holies,” above which the pillar of cloud and fire rested—a theophany, the physical manifestation of God.

Indeed, only the High Priest could enter the holy of Holies, and only once a year on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.  Even then, he filled the holy of Holies with incense smoke before he entered, for his eyes were not permitted to view the Ark and the presence of God. 

The Ark of the Covenant was the holiest, most sacred object in the entire world.

In Lesson #3, the Israelites carry the Ark into battle against the Philistines, as Joshua had it carried before his army when he crossed the Jordan River to attack Jericho. 

This time, though, things go horribly wrong:  the Philistines capture the Ark!


Lesson #4:       Samuel and Saul (7: 2 – 10: 27)


In Lesson #4, Samuel defeats the Philistines (for a time), but he is old and his sons, Joel and Abijah, are corrupt, “accepting bribes and perverting justice” (8: 1-3).  The people are fed up with crooked judges:  they demand a king.


This is not a good idea, for God was to be Israel’s king, not some person.  Samuel takes the people’s demand to God, who relents—but he warns Samuel what a king will do:  power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  We have seen it happen with the judges; with a king, corruption will escalate exponentially.


But the people insist.


Saul, who is young, tall and handsome, with long, flowing dark hair—a king straight out of central casting—is their man.  Tall Saul. 




Read:  1 Samuel 4: 1 – 10: 27.


Lesson #5:        King Saul Put to the Test (11: 1 – 14: 52)


Kingship is no easy task, and although Saul fares well initially, rescuing the people of Jabesh-Gilead, he crumbles quickly.  As Samuel steps out of the limelight into retirement, Saul struggles, botching battles with the Philistines and becoming erratic in his thinking and behavior.  In a moment of astounding instability, he even orders his military officers to execute his heroic eldest son and heir to the throne, Jonathan.


Saul’s officers flatly refuse the king’s direct order.


As Shakespeare said in King Henry IV, Part II, “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” (III, 1, 26-31), and Saul wears a heavy crown, indeed.  Although it rests on broad shoulders, the weight of the crown begins to crush king Saul.


Lesson #6:       King Saul, Fired!  (15: 1 – 17: 58)


King Saul, sinking deeper into anxiety and depression, continues making mistakes, and he becomes ever-more defensive and erratic, now afraid of his own men.


God finally fires Saul as king, and he sends Samuel to Bethlehem in search of another.  Recall, it was the people who wanted a king, and it was the people who choose Saul.  Now, God is going to give them a king worthy of the name:  David.


He is an unlikely choice:  the youngest of Jesse of Bethlehem’s sons, a shepherd and a musician!


Meanwhile, Saul slips deeper into madness.  Not knowing that Samuel has anointed David as a fledgling king, Saul brings David into service as a court musician and harpist to sing to him when “an evil spirit” comes upon him.


At the same time, the Philistines gain ground and facedown the Israelites in the Valley of Elah.  Thousands of men will die . . . until a heroic Philistine, a magnificent, seasoned warrior named Goliath, issues a mano a mano challenge: “there is no need for hundreds of men to die today, send out a man to fight me, winner take all.”  Of course, Saul should accept the challenge:  he is king, after all, and a head taller than anyone else, and the people had chosen him to fight their battles.

But Saul is hiding in the ranks.

The young musician, David, answers the call:  he is not more than 15 years old.  And we all know the result:  David defeats Goliath with a single blow, and David becomes a national hero. 

Saul becomes paranoid.




Read:  1 Samuel 11: 1 – 17: 58.


Lesson #7:       David and Jonathan (18: 1 – 20: 42)


With David’s defeat of Goliath he rises quickly in Saul’s army, becoming a “general” before he is twenty years old:  like Alexander the Great, David is a prodigy at the art of war.  Saul, sinking ever deeper into paranoia and feeling evermore threatened by David, sends him on impossibly difficult, suicidal missions—and David prevails every time.  David’s troops are fiercely loyal to him and Saul’s officers look to David, not to Saul, for leadership.

Jonathan, Saul’s son, is among them, a band of brothers, forged in brutal warfare.  Jonathan knows a king when he sees one, and even though he is the heir apparent to Saul’s throne, Jonathan becomes David’s most intimate and loyal friend.  Like John the Baptist to Jesus, Jonathan must decrease, that David may increase.


Here, we witness one of the two great friendships in Scripture:  Ruth and Naomi; David and Jonathan.


In Lesson #7 we examine closely this most intimate of friendships, the friendship between two superb warriors, David and Jonathan.


Lesson #8:       David on the Run (21: 1 – 24: 23)


Seething with jealousy and rage, Saul is determined to kill David.  With Saul, hot on his heels, David “gets out of Dodge,” fleeing in the middle of the night as Saul’s assassins close in on him.  Leaving with only his shirt on his back, David makes a midnight visit to Abimelech, the priest of Nob, where the Tabernacle resides.  Awakening Abimelech, David asks for food and a weapon (with a ridiculous story about leaving on a mission so secret and urgent that he forgot his own sword and rations!).  Abimelech gives David the consecrated bread from the Tabernacle and the sword of Goliath, a relic that was kept at the Tabernacle (but a really fine sword, as David knows, having lopped off Goliath’s head with it!).  But Abimelech is compromised: later, Saul executes him and his entire family for helping David.


Israel is a very small country, about the size of present day New Jersey.  Where can David go to evade Saul?  Gath.  Yes, Gath!  One of the five fortified Philistine cities on the coastal plain, home of Goliath, the giant of Gath.  David ingeniously enters the city, and he goes to work for Achish, king of Gath, as a mercenary.  Who better to fight the Israelites than their now disgraced, criminal hero?


David forms a mercenary army of 600 men, and he goes to work for the enemy.




Read:  1 Samuel 18: 1 – 24: 23.


Lesson #9:       The Death of King Saul (25: 1 – 31: 13)


With David now working for the Philistines, Saul redoubles his efforts to hunt him down and kill him.  Easier said than done!


Meanwhile, David is gaining quite the reputation as a dashing and daring outlaw, posing as a mercenary working for the Philistines, while covertly raiding Philistine outposts, conferring with Jonathan, and playing a very dangerous game as a double agent, a spy in the Philistine camp.   All the while, with Samuel’s death, Saul sinks ever-deeper into paranoia and madness.  Twice he thinks he has David cornered, and twice David turns the table on Saul, sparing his life.


As Saul and David play at cat and mouse, the Philistine kings marshal their forces for a final battle with the Israelites at the foot of Mount Gilboa.  Achish, king of Gath, insists that David and his men form the tip of the spear in the attack against Israel, putting David in an impossible position:  if he refuses, he will expose himself as an Israelite spy; if he accepts, he will slaughter his Israelite kinsmen, including Saul and Jonathan, who are leading Israel’s army.


Lesson #9 throws us right into thick of David’s dilemma.


Lesson #10:  David’s Rise to Kingship (2 Samuel 1: 1 – 6: 23)


With the death of Saul and his three sons—Jonathan, Abinadab and Malchishua—the door opens for David to become king.  But it’s a door he must walk through very carefully, for David has no claim whatsoever to the throne of Israel.  Kingship lay with the house of Saul, within the tribe of Benjamin.  Saul and his three sons may be dead, but Saul had one remaining legitimate son, Ish-bosheth, and a grandson (Jonathan’s son), Mephibosheth, both of whom have legitimate claims to the throne.


You may say: “Just a moment!  God anointed David king when he was a boy, back in 1 Samuel 16: 13.  Of course, he is Israel’s legitimate king.  God said so!”  Be that as it may, most Israelites viewed David as a traitor from the tribe of Judah, a vicious mercenary who had worked for Israel’s enemy, the Philistines, for the past decade.   


No.  If David is to become king, he will have to walk a very dangerous path of treachery, deceit and murder, all the while wearing a patina of innocence and righteousness, a path of Machiavellian subtlety, duplicity and shrewdness. 




Read:  1 Samuel 25: 1 – 2 Samuel 6: 23.


Lesson #11:     Forging a United Monarchy (7: 1 – 10: 19)


With David firmly ensconced as king on his throne in Jerusalem—and with his political enemies eliminated—David must now subdue his foreign enemies and gain control over the major south-to-north international trade routes:  the Via Maris and the King’s Highway, along with the east-to-west linking roads that span his territory.  David knows—as did many before him and since—that to control the power and wealth of the ancient world, he must control the land bridge linking Europe, Asia and Africa, the land bridge that runs from Egypt to Aram (Syria) and from the Mediterranean Sea to the eastern mountain range.  Only then will David rise from a tribal warlord to a monarch, from gaining wealth through plunder to controlling international commerce.


And that is precisely what he does.


Lesson #12:     David’s Great Sin (11: 1-27)

Willem Drost.  Bathsheba Holding David’s Letter (oil on canvas), 1654.
Louvre Museum, Paris.


Contrary to what many people understand, David's great sin is not adultery with Bathsheba, but the betrayal and murder of Uriah the Hittite the husband of Bathsheba, one of David's senior officers, and the murder of Uriah's men to cover it up.  Adultery is a serious sin, but it is merely the initial event that leads to the betrayal and murder of fellow warriors under David's command.

This is the turning point of David's story.  Although God forgives David's sin, the consequences of his sin ultimately destroy both him and his family.


Read:  2 Samuel 7: 1 – 11: 27.


Lesson #13:     Nathan the Prophet (12: 1-31)


In the parable of the lamp, Jesus says: “There is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light” (Lune 8: 17).  And that is true of David’s sin:  not simply the rape of Bathsheba, but the murder of her husband and David’s senior officer, Uriah the Hittite, along with the murder of Uriah’s men to cover it all up.


Nathan was a court prophet and one of David’s closest confidants.  When Nathan learns of the Uriah/Bathsheba incident, he confronts David face-to-face.  Oddly (or perhaps not so oddly), David did not know he had done anything wrong!  When Nathan confronts David, David is stunned into silence, his face turning a deathly pale, and he stammers: “I have sinned against the Lord” (12: 13)!


And then Nathan lays into David, telling him exactly what the consequences of his sins will be.  God forgives David, but importantly, God forgiving sin does not cancel the consequences of sin.


And the consequences will shape dramatically the rest of David’s life, horrible consequences that he could never have imagined.



Lesson #14:     David’s Son Amnon Rapes His Sister, Tamar (13: 1 – 14: 33)


David had many sons:  Amnon, his firstborn, was born to Ahinoam of Jezreel; Absalom, his third son, was born to Maacah, daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur.  David had many daughters, as well, including Tamar, Absalom’s sister, the daughter of Maacah.


In Lesson #14, the consequences of David’s sin cascade upon him.  His eldest son and heir to the throne, Amnon, rapes his half-sister, Tamar.  When Absalom, her brother, finds out, he is livid with rage.  For two years, he simmers, as David does nothing to punish Amnon.  Finally, Absalom takes matters into his own hands:  he murders Amnon, his brother, and Absalom flees to Geshur for protection by his grandfather, Talmai, king of Geshur.


David grieves for Amnon, but he grieves even more for Absalom in exile.  Amnon was a rat, but Absalom was a mirror image of his father David:  if David’s sister had been raped, there would have been blood on the ground.  If given the choice, David would have chosen Absalom to become king after him, not Amnon.


Ultimately, Absalom returns to court, but he is not allowed to see David.  Absalom stews . . . and he begins plotting!




Read:  2 Samuel 12: 1 – 14: 33.


Lesson #15:     “O, Absalom, my son . . .” (15: 1 – 19: 9)


Once Absalom returns to court from Geshur, his anger and resentment toward his father festers and grows malignant.  Asking to go to Hebron to “fulfill a vow,” Absalom rallies the people there, along with his agents in the other tribes, and they proclaim him king.  Recall that Hebron is the central city of the tribe of Judah, and David spent the first seven years of his reign there as king.  Ahitophel, David’s senior political advisor, joins Absalom in the rebellion, and Absalom marches on Jerusalem.


David faces a terrible dilemma:  either fight Absalom and kill his own son, or capitulate and flee Jerusalem.  David flees.


As David hurries down the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, weeping bitterly in sackcloth and ashes, pelted with dung and filth by Absalom’s supporters, Absalom enters Jerusalem unopposed, enters David’s palace and—at the advice of Ahitophel—has sex with David’s concubines on the roof of the palace, in full view of the people.  Absalom has crossed the Rubicon.


Ahitophel advises Absalom to go after David at once and kill him, for David is distraught, weeping uncontrollably:  assassinate him now, while he’s distracted and disoriented; give him time to recover and to muster an army, and David will prevail.  Stupidly, Absalom ignores Ahitophel’s advice, and he waits, forming a large army to attack his father and finish him off. 

It is a fatal mistake.


Absalom falls in the fray, speared by David’s general, Joab, as he dangles by the head and hair from a pistachio tree. 

When David learns of Absalom’s death he is inconsolable, crying out in the most appalling grief in all of Scripture.  David will never recover from Absalom’s betrayal and death. 


Lesson #16:     David, a Broken Man (19: 10 – 20: 26)


With the death of Absalom, David faces the unenviable task of rebuilding his fractured kingdom.  How to deal with those who supported Absalom?  How to recover from the shame of his own son having sex with David’s concubines in public?  How to overcome the terrible guilt, knowing that Absalom’s death was the direct result of David’s great sin?  Nathan had prophesied to David:


The sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised [God] and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.  Thus, says the Lord:  I will bring evil upon you out of your own house.  I will take your wives before your very eyes, and will give them to your neighbor; he shall lie with your wives in broad daylight.  You have acted in secret, but I will do this in the presence of all Israel, in the presence of the sun itself.

(2 Samuel 12: 10-12)

David spends his final years in solitude, composing his later psalms and obsessed with building a beautiful temple for God:  to honor him?  Yes.  But perhaps to make restitution to God, as well.


In the end it seems, David finds peace, if only in the composition of his most famous prayer:  Psalm 23.




Read:  2 Samuel 15: 1 – 20: 26. 



Lesson #17:      Flashback (21: 1 - 24: 25)


In the 1969 movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Academy Award winning film ends with a freeze frame of the pair charging out of a building, guns blazing, as the entire Bolivian army opens fire on them.  On the freeze frame, a series of flashbacks recalls memorable moments between the two antiheros, illuminating their characters and their antics.


In the same way, 2 Samuel ends with a series of five flashbacks into David’s life:


A         A young king David making a wise, but difficult, decision regarding Gibeonite vengeance;

            B         King David past his prime, retiring from the battlefield, exhausted;

                        C         David’s “Song of Thanksgiving and Praise”;

                      B’        David’s “mighty men,” the brotherhood of warriors in their prime;

 A’        A mature king David making a poor, but difficult decision regarding a census he  took.


It’s a brilliant conclusion to the Samuel narrative.


Lesson #18:      David’s Death and the Rise of Solomon (1 Kings 1: 1 – 2: 12)


The Story of King David ends with an epilogue, two chapters in 1 Kings chronicling David’s death and Solomon’s rise to the kingship.  It’s a remarkable ending.


1 Chronicles 3: 1-8 tells us that David had 19 sons:  1) six born in Hebron (Amnon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah and Ithream); 2) four born to Bathsheba (Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon); and 3) nine others born in Jerusalem (Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet).


David’s firstborn, Amnon, is murdered by his brother Absalom; Daniel apparently dies in infancy or childhood, since we know nothing of him in Scripture; Absalom is killed during his rebellion against David; leaving Adonijah as the legitimate heir to the throne.


And Adonijah tries to get it, but he’s thwarted by his own arrogance and palace intrigue.  Told that Adonijah is about to proclaim himself king, Bathsheba and Nathan the prophet plot to elevate Bathsheba’s son, Solomon (who is son #10 of 19), to the throne.  And they succeed.


But it’s one thing to capture the throne; it’s another to keep it.  On his deathbed, David gives Solomon advice, advice worthy of a Mafia Don.  David’s story ends like Godfather I, with all of Solomon’s potential enemies murdered, including Solomon’s brother.


Then “David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David” (1 Kings 2: 10).




Read:  2 Samuel 21: 1 – 1 Kings 2: 12. 


Lesson #19:      Excursus:  David’s Psalms, Part 1


In these final two lessons on The Story of King David, we turn to the Psalms.  Seventy-three of the 150 psalms are attributed to David, and many of them illuminate David’s inner life:  as a collection, we might dub them—“The Davidic Psalms: A Journey into the Heart of a King.”


Here, we investigate some of them.


Lesson #20:      Excursus:  David’s Psalms, Part 2


We continue investigating the Davidic psalms, concluding our series. 




The Story of King David Introduction & Syllabus (Text)
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Introduction (Quiz)
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The Birth of Samuel
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Philistines Capture the Ark of the Covenant!
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Samuel and Saul
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King Saul Put to the Test
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King Saul Fired
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David and Jonathan
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David on the Run
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The Death of King Saul
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David's Rise to Kingship
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Forging a United Monarchy
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David's Great Sin
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The Rape of Tamar
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O, Absalom, My Son...
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David, a Broken Man
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The Psalms of King David
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Final Exam - The Story of King David
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The availability of the Services will change from time to time, and from country to country. The quality of Services may also vary from computer to computer, and device to device, and may be affected by a variety of factors, such as your location, the bandwidth available through and/or speed of your internet connection. Additionally, the Services be unavailable to you from time to time due to certain technical difficulties, routine site maintenance/upgrades, and other events outside the control of Logos. In addition, Logos reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue (on a temporary or permanent basis) certain functions of the Services or all of the Services, with or without notice.


Access Restriction and Termination

Access and use of the Services, is expressly conditioned on your compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, contractual obligations, and these Terms of Use. Logos may restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the Services at any time and for any reason in its sole and complete discretion, including but not limited to (1) when required by law; (2) when Logos believes, in its sole discretion, that a user may be violating the law or these Terms of Use; or (3) any other reason that Logos deems appropriate. Logos reserves the right to exercise whatever means it deems necessary to prevent unauthorized use or access to the Services.


No Unlawful or Prohibited Use

As a condition of your use of the Services, you will not use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms of Use. You may not use the Services in any manner which could damage, disable, interrupt, overburden, or impair the Services or Logos’ network or servers, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Services, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Services, through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Services. In addition, you shall not register, subscribe, attempt to register, attempt to subscribe, unsubscribe, or attempt to unsubscribe, any party for the Services if you are not expressly authorized by such party to do so.  Additionally, you shall not engage in spidering, “screen scraping,” “database scraping,” harvesting of information, or any other automatic means of accessing, logging-in or registering on this website, or obtaining or accessing other information from or through this Services.

You may not use Logos’ icons, domain names, URL addresses, or other means to hyperlink other internet sites with any page in the Services.  You must obtain prior written permission from Logos to hyperlink in any manner to the Services.

The following actions are also expressly prohibited:

1) Transmitting unsolicited email or spam;

2) Using any Logos domain name as a pseudonymous return email address for any electronic communications;

3) Pretending to be someone else or spoof their identity;

4) Soliciting business, selling products, or otherwise engaging in commercial activities or personal advertisements;

5) Using the Services to perpetrate fraud, misrepresentation or illegal activity;

6) Attempting to gain unauthorized access to the Services or another user’s account, through hacking, password mining or any other means;

7) Attempting to circumvent or compromise any security measures;

8) Creating or releasing computer viruses, Trojan horses, or worms or otherwise engaging in destructive or potentially destructive programming activities;

9) Deep linking to any part of the Services;

10) Modifying, altering, or tampering with systems hardware or software;

11)  Reselling or repurposing your Logos account or any of the Services; or

12) Assisting or permitting any person engaging in any of the activities described above.


Password and Responsibility for User Account

When you create an account with Logos, you will be responsible for creating a confidential user name and password. The account is provided solely for your own personal use. Your account is non-transferrable and cannot be sold, combined or shared with any other person. You are solely responsible for all activities that occur under your account, including but not limited to any content and data posted, shared or transmitted through the Services and any messages, online chats or other interactions with other users. You are responsible for keeping your user name and password confidential. You shall not knowingly disclose your user name and password to any third party. You must notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your user name and password, if you believe that your user name and password is no longer confidential, or if you believe that there has been a breach in security with respect to your account. We reserve the right to require that you change your password if your account is no longer secure. Logos shall not be liable for any loss or damages you may suffer as a result of someone else using your user name and password.  



No refunds will be made after purchase unless Logos has demonstrably failed to deliver the course content. 


Product Descriptions

Logos does not warrant that product descriptions are accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.


Sweepstakes and Promotions

From time to time Logos may provide opportunities to participate special promotions, contests, games and/or sweepstakes.  The rules, regulations and procedures governing any of the foregoing shall be accessible through a hypertext link displayed on the web page where the contest or game may be located.  By entering or participating in any of them, you agree to be subject to those rules, regulations and procedures.  Please remember to read the rules carefully before participating.  Coupons and special promotions cannot be combined unless specifically authorized.


Unsolicited Ideas

We do not accept or consider unsolicited ideas, including ideas for new products or services. You should not transmit any material to Logos that you consider to be confidential or proprietary.  Any material that you transmit to Logos will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary.  You give Logos an unrestricted, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, display, publicly perform, transmit and distribute any such information. You further agree that Logos has the right to use, without any payment or accounting to you or others, any concepts, know-how or ideas that you (or those who act on your behalf) transmit to Logos.


Trademarks, Copyright and Proprietary Rights

The Logos Bible Study names and logos are trademarks of Logos.  All other company names, logos, and trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.  Nothing herein shall be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use the Logos name, logos, or trademarks without obtaining the written permission of Logos or such other third party owner, as applicable. 

All content on the Website, including but not limited to course materials, recordings, designs, data and databases, text, graphics, images, photographs, illustrations, audio and video material, artwork, proprietary information, client-side code (e.g. HTML, JavaScript, etc.) and server-side code (e.g. active server pages, VBScript, databases, etc.) and all copyrightable elements of the Website, and their selection and arrangement (excluding any of User Content) (the “Site Content”) individually and/or collectively, are the proprietary property of Logos and is protected by U.S. copyright law, international treaties and other intellectual property rights.  Except as otherwise stated therein, Site Content may not be copied, transmitted, displayed, performed, distributed (for compensation or otherwise), licensed, altered, framed, stored for subsequent use or otherwise used in whole or in part in any manner without prior written consent, except to the extent permitted by the Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C. §107), as amended, and then, only with notices of Logos’s proprietary rights, provided however, that you may download the information and print out hard copies for your own personal, noncommercial use, so long as you do not remove any copyright or other notice as may be contained in the information as downloaded. 

You acknowledge that Logos will aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law, including, without limitation, the seeking of criminal prosecution.


Restrictions on Age of Purchaser

You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase any products or services offered on the Website. In certain jurisdictions, the age of majority may be older than 18, in which case you must satisfy that age in order to become a member.


Links to Affiliate Websites

This Website may contain links to websites controlled or offered by our partners and affiliates, which may contain terms and conditions that are different from these Terms of Use and privacy policies.  You should read the terms and conditions and privacy policies on each such website, as your accessing such website constitutes your agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions and privacy policies contained in such website.


Third-Party Links

This Website may contain links to third-party websites that are not under the control of or maintained by Logos including advertiser websites (the “Linked Sites”).  The Linked Sites are not under the control of Logos and Logos is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site.  Logos does not endorse or make any representations about these websites, or any information, materials, or products found thereon.  If you access any of the Linked Sites, you do so at your own risk.  In no event shall Logos be liable for any loss, claim, damages, or costs that may arise in connection with your use any third-party links or Linked Sites.

Any dealings with third parties (including advertisers) included within the Website or Linked Sites or participation in promotions offered by third parties, including the delivery of and the payment for goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings or promotions, are solely between you and the advertiser or other third party.  Logos shall not be responsible or liable for any part of any such dealings or promotions.


Third-Party Materials on the Website

This Website may contain materials submitted by third-parties, including but not limited to User Content and advertisements.  Any such materials are provided solely as a convenience to you. Logos has not tested or evaluated these materials and does not endorse or make any representations about these materials or your use thereof.  If you use any of the third-party materials, you do so at your own risk.  In no event shall Logos be liable for any loss, claim, damages, or costs that may arise in connection with your use of these materials.



You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Logos, it officers, directors, shareholders, partners, employees, agents, attorneys, affiliates, successors and assigns from any liability, loss, claim and expense, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, whether or not a lawsuit or other proceeding is filed, that in any way arises out of or relates to (a) your breach or violation of these Terms of Use or any applicable state or federal law or (b) your use of the Website.  This provision shall survive the termination of these Terms of Use.



THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS without any warranties of any kind.  YOU AGREE THAT USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.  LOGOS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY EXPRESS WARRANTIES, STATUTORY WARRANTIES, AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, or third party rights arising our of course of conduct or trade custom or usage.  You understand and agree that the operation of the WEBsite may involve bugs, errors, problems, or other limitations.  LOGOS HAS no liability whatsoever for your use of the WEBSITE or use of any information or services accessed through the website.  No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from LOGOS through the website shall create any warranty, representation, or guarantee of any kind. 

Some states or other jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusions may not apply to you if prohibited by law.


Limitation of Liability


Some states and other jurisdictions may not allow this limitation of liability, so the forgoing disclaimer may not apply to you if prohibited by applicable law.


Copyright Infringement Notice Policy

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under the U.S. copyright law. If you believe that your copyrighted material has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact Logos’ designated Copyright Agent and provide the following information:

A.            A description of the copyrighted work that allegedly has been infringed. 

B.             A description of the material that is claimed to be infringing and the URL of where such material is located on the Website, sufficient to permit Logos to locate the material.

C.             Your contact information, including an address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

D.            A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyright-protected material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

E.             A statement, under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

F.             Your physical or electronic signature.

Send this information to:

By mail:

Logos Bible Study
Attn: Copyright Agent
P.O. Box 420398

San Diego, CA 92142

By email:


We suggest that you consult your legal advisor before filing a notice or counter-notice. Also, be aware that there can be penalties for false claims under the DMCA.


Choice of Law

These Terms of Use shall be controlled by the laws of the State of California, giving no effect to any conflict principles.


Agreement to Arbitrate

Any and all disputes, conflicts, problems, controversies, or claims of any kind arising from the relationship of the parties, the Website, these Terms of Use, or the interpretation thereof, no matter how described, pleaded or styled, shall be shall be submitted to binding arbitration under the substantive and procedural requirements of the Federal Arbitration Act.  The arbitration shall be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator chosen by the parties, conducted under the Consumer-Related Disputes Supplementary Procedures of the American Arbitration Association, conducted at San Diego, California  The parties agree that the arbitrator, and not a court, shall have exclusive jurisdiction over the interpretation, validity, and scope of this arbitration agreement.  The costs of the arbitration filing fee, arbitrator’s compensation, and facilities fees will be paid by Logos.  Each party shall pay for its own attorneys’ fees and costs.  Any dispute or claim shall be brought solely in that party’s individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action, representative proceeding, mass action or consolidated action.  Neither party shall file or maintain any lawsuit in any court against the other, and agree that any suit filed in violation of this arbitration agreement shall be dismissed by the court in favor of an arbitration conducted pursuant to this arbitration agreement and all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred in enforcing this provision shall be paid by the party that filed the lawsuit, except that this provision does not affect either party’s right to seek relief in small claims court for disputes or claims within the scope of its jurisdiction.  If this arbitration agreement is declared unenforceable and cannot be administered, interpreted, or modified to be enforceable, the parties agree to waive any right to a jury trial with respect to any dispute to which the arbitration agreement applies.  This provision shall survive the termination of these Terms of Use.



Consent to Receive Notices Electronically

You consent to receive any agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications (collectively, “Notices”) to which these terms refer from us electronically, including without limitation by e-mail or other electronic communication technology that may hereafter be developed.  You agree that all Notices that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirements that such communications be in writing.  To withdraw your consent to receive Notices electronically, you must notify us of your withdrawal of such consent by emailing info@logosbiblestudy.com and discontinue your use of this Website.  In such event, all rights granted to you pursuant to these Terms of Use, including, without limitation, the licenses to use the Website set forth above, shall automatically terminate.  Also, please note that your consent to receive notices is separate from any election that you make with respect to receipt of marketing communications, which is discussed under the Privacy Policy.



These Terms of Use and our rights hereunder may be assigned, in whole or in part, by Logos to a third party, in our sole discretion, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of substantially all of our assets, or otherwise, in whole or in part. You may not assign, sublicense, or delegate your rights hereunder.



If any provision of these Terms of Use shall be adjudged by any arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Terms of Use will otherwise remain in full force and effect.


Consent to Cross-Border Transfers

You acknowledge that your personal information may, at times, be accessible by individuals may be located worldwide including in countries that may have not been determined to provide the same level of data protection as in your country. By providing us with your personal information, you agree and consent to our use of such data and/or personal information in accordance with our Site privacy policy, including, without limitation, the transfer of your personal information across international boundaries.




Note to All Users

This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) is designed to inform you about the types of information Logos collects from you in connection with your use of the Services.  It is also intended to explain the conditions under which Logos uses and discloses that information and your rights relating to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information. 

Your Consent.  By using the Services, you consent to our collection and use of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.  Please review the entire policy to learn about what type of information is gathered, how such information is used, and what information (if any) may be disclosed to third parties. 

Note to California Residents

Your California Privacy Rights.  California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents who have provided personal information to us or our third-party advertisers and marketing partners, if any, to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for direct-marketing purposes.  Requests should be submitted via email to info@logosbiblestudy.com and should include CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS in the subject line.  We will need your first and last name, mailing address, and email address in order to process your request.  Within thirty days of receiving such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of personal information disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, if any, along with the names and addresses of these third parties, if any.  Please be aware that not all information sharing is covered by the requirements of Section 1798.83 and only information regarding covered sharing will be included in our response.  This request may be made no more than once per calendar year.

Note to European Union Residents

If you reside in the European Union please in particular note the contents of the paragraph titled “Additional Information for European Union Residents” at the end of this Privacy Policy.

Personally-Identifying Information We Collect

Personally-identifying information is collected when you voluntarily register, join our mailing list, submit an online enrollment form, request information, and/or purchase online courses from Logos (“Personal Information”).  Personal Information we may collect includes, but is not limited to, your first and last name, email address, username and password, training history, and use data.  If you communicate to us by e-mail, we will record the e-mail address from which you send your message.  Any telephone calls to and from Logos may be monitored and recorded for quality assurance and training purposes.  When you download or use apps created by Logos, we may receive information about your mobile device, including a unique identifier for your device. 


Non-Personally-Identifying Information We Collect

Non-personally identifying information or “Aggregate Information” is information that, without the aid of additional information, cannot be directly associated with a specific person.  Like most website operators, we collect Aggregate Information about your activities online (such as the pages you access most frequently) through the use of cookies, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, click-through URLs, and domain name tracking.  If you have voluntarily disclosed Personal Information to Logos, some or all of the Aggregate Information may be linked to your Personal Information. 

Cookies.  A cookie is small data file stored on the hard drive that your browser provides to Logos when you visit certain web pages.  We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies.  For the session ID cookie, the data is temporarily stored on the user’s computer, but once users close the browser the cookie terminates.  A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user’s hard drive for an extended period of time.  If you do not want to store cookies on your computer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent.  However, some parts of the Services may not function properly if you choose not to accept cookies.  If you are concerned that you have created a cookie in a previous visit, you can delete cookies that are already stored on your hard drive by accessing your computer’s cookie file.

Computer Profiles. Logos may also collect and accumulate computer profile data which will help us understand and analyze the Internet experience of our visitors. For example, Logos may collect data relating to the type of browser used, operating system software, screen resolution, color capability, browser plug-ins, language settings, cookie preferences, search engine keywords and JavaScript enablement.

Internet Protocol (IP) Address.  Logos’ servers also automatically identify your computer by its Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.  An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider.  Your IP address does not identify you by name; however, it may reveal your geographic area and your Internet service provider.  Logos may match your IP address to your Personal Information. 

Click Through URLS.  Logos may send you e-mail messages with a “click-through URL” linked to the content of our Services.  When you click onto one of these URLs, you will pass through our server before arriving at the destination webpage.  Logos may track this click-through data to help us determine subscriber interest in the subject matter and measure the effectiveness of our subscriber communications.  You can avoid being tracked simply by not clicking on any links or images in the e-mail. 

Domain Name Tracking.  When you use our Services, we automatically record the name of the domain from which you accessed the Services.  Additionally, if you reach our Services by means of a link from another site, our computers will note the fact that you came to us from that linked site.

Analytics.  Logos may use one or more third party analytics programs, including but not limited to Google Analytics, to help analyze how users utilize the Services.  Google Analytics does not collect any Personal Information.  Google Analytics uses a single first-party cookie containing an anonymous identifier to distinguish users and to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Services (including IP address) is transmitted to Google.  This information is used to create statistical reports on user activity for Logos.  For more information about Google Analytics, including opt-out options, visit the Google Analytics privacy page at https://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.

Use of Information Collected

Our primary purpose for collecting Personal Information and Aggregate Information (collectively “User Information”) is to provide you with products and services you request.  We may also use your User Information for the following purposes:

·               to provide services and customer support that you may request;

·               to correct problems, resolve disputes, and collect fees

·               improving and optimizing our Services;

·               to inform you about service updates and promotional offers;

·               to send newsletters and marketing materials;

·               to communicate with you about enrolling in one of our Bible study programs;

·               to communicate preferences which you have indicated;

·               to customize the advertising and content you see;

·               to verify information; or

·               for any other purpose disclosed at the point of collection.  


We may also use the information we collect on our Services as necessary to comply with legal requirements, to enforce our Terms of Use, to prevent fraud, to co-operate with law enforcement and regulatory authorities and to stop other prohibited, illegal, or harmful activities.


E-mail Opt-out.  If you no longer wish to receive our promotional e-mail communications, you may opt-out of receiving these communications by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the promotional emails or by emailing us at info@logosbiblestudy.com.  If you choose to opt-out of receiving promotional e-mail, we may still send you administrative emails regarding Logos, including, for example, administrative and transactional confirmations, notices of updates to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, and email receipts and shipping confirmations for any goods or services purchased using the Services. 


Information We Share

Logos does not sell, rent, or trade Personal Information to any third party.  Additionally, Logos does not disclose any Personal Information to any third party for that party’s own marketing purposes.  However, Logos may disclose Personal Information to third party service providers hired to perform internal business functions on our behalf.  Logos may also share Aggregate Information with third parties for advertising and promotional purposes.  Further, we may disclose Personal Information to government/regulatory agencies as Logos deems reasonably necessary to comply with applicable legal and regulatory requirements.


User Disclosures.  Some Personal Information is disclosed as a matter of course as a result of your use of the Services.  Any Personal Information shared using our Services or on another website (such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter) may become public information. You should exercise caution when disclosing information to third parties or in public forums. Content shared between users of our Services, including advice and opinions, represent the views and are the responsibility of those who post the content.  We do not necessarily endorse, support, verify, or agree with the content posted.  If you have any questions or comments about any content posted using our Services, please contact us at the address below.


Legal Disclaimer Concerning Subpoenas and Other Matters.  We reserve the right to release account and User Information about you when Logos believes, in its sole discretion, that such release is appropriate to (1) comply with the law, legal process, or law enforcement requests; (2) protect and defend our rights, property, safety or other interests including those of any parent, company, subsidiary, affiliate and shareholder, or others; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our Services and to enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

Business Transitions.  Logos reserves the right to transfer all User Information in its possession in the event Logos goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets.  Similarly, your User Information may be passed on to a successor in interest in the event of a reorganization, reconstruction, liquidation, bankruptcy or administration.  Users will not be notified of any such change of ownership or control of their User Information.

Location, International Transfer, and Choice of Law.  By accessing and/or using the Services, you acknowledge and agree that Logos operates the Services from its offices located in the United States.  If you use the Services from the European Economic Area or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and use that differ from laws of the United States, then you understand and consent to the transfer of your User Information to the United States for the uses identified above, in accordance with this Privacy Policy and the laws of the United States. You acknowledge and agree that the privacy and data security laws in place in the United States may be different from the privacy and data security laws in force in the country in which you reside.  By voluntarily providing User Information, you hereby agree that you are consenting to our collection, use, transfer, processing, storage, and disclosure of such User information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and that such collection, use, storage, and disclosure shall be governed by the laws of the United States.

Children's Privacy

The Services are intended for adult use only and is not directed towards children, minors or anyone under the age of 18.  If you are under the age of 13, you are not authorized to provide us with any personally identifying information.  If the parent or guardian of a child under 13 believes that the child has provided us with any personal data, the parent or guardian of that child should contact us at the address below and ask to have this personal information deleted from our files.  We appreciate your cooperation with this federally mandated requirement.

Links To Third Party Sites

The Services may contain links to sites other than our own (“Third Party Websites”).  Also, Logos may direct you to a Third Party Website for processing online payments in connection with products or services purchased from Logos.  Logos does not receive or otherwise have access to the information you submit to such Third Party Websites.  The Third Party Websites may not follow the same privacy policies as Logos.  We have no responsibility for Third Party Websites and provide links to Third Party Websites solely for your convenience.  Third Party Websites may send their own cookies and pixel tags to you, and may collect information and use it in a way inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.  Logos does not control the content that appears on these sites and takes no responsibility for their content, nor should it be implied that Logos endorses or otherwise recommends Third Parties Websites or their products or services offered. 


No transmission of data over the Internet is guaranteed to be completely secure.  Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your submissions to the Services, any content residing on our servers, or any transmissions from our server will be completely secure.  It may be possible for third parties to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully.  Any such transmission is done at your own risk. 

Accessing and Updating Personal Information

If you would like to review, edit or delete any of the information we have collected from you, or if you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at info@logosbiblestudy.com.  In some cases, we may not be able to delete your personal information and will retain and use our information as long as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and/or enforce our agreements.

Additional Information for European Union Users


“Personal data”. For users located in the European Union, references to “personal information” in this Privacy Policy are equivalent to what is commonly referred to as “personal data” in the European Union.


About IP addresses. Our servers record the incoming IP addresses of visitors to our website (whether or not the visitor has a Logos user account) and store the IP addresses in log files. We use these log files for purposes such as system administration and maintenance, record keeping, tracking referring websites, inferring your location, and security purposes (e.g. controlling abuse, spam and DDOS attacks). If you have a Logos user account we also store IP addresses along with certain actions you take on our system. By agreeing to this Privacy Policy, you expressly consent to Logos using your IP address for the foregoing purposes. If you wish to opt out from the foregoing consent to use your IP address, you must cancel your Logos user account (if you have one).


Data controller. Logos Educational Corporation of P.O. Box 420398, San Diego CA 92142 is the data controller for registration, billing, and other account information that we collect from users in the European Union.

Accessing and correcting your personal data. You have the right to access and correct the personal information that Logos holds about you. This right may be exercised by contacting us at info@logosbiblestudy.com.

Consents. By clicking “I Agree” or any other button indicating your acceptance of this Privacy Policy, voluntarily providing User Information, and/or using our Services, you expressly consent to the following:

·               the collection, use, disclosure and processing of your personal data in the manner described in this Privacy Policy, including our procedures relating to cookies, IP addresses and log files.


·               the transfer of your data to a data controller and data processors located in countries, including the United States, which do not have data protection laws that provide the same level of protection that exists in countries in the European Economic Area. Your consent is voluntary, and you may revoke your consent by opting out at any time. Please note that if you opt-out, we may no longer be able to provide you our Services.


·               us sharing your personal data with relevant persons working for service providers who assist us to provide our Services; and


·               if you have enabled cookies on your web browser, to our use of cookies as described in this Privacy Policy.

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