Jonathan and David (10th century, B.C.)

Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

Artist's Narrative:
The story of the love between Jonathan and David is recorded in 1 and 2 Samuel in the Bible. These two young men became the closest of friends, and remained so even when Jonathan’s father, King Saul, drove David from his court. When Jonathan and Saul were slain, David mourned for Jonathan with these words:

“O Jonathan, in your death I am stricken,
I am desolated for you, Jonathan, my brother.
Very dear to me you were,
your love to me more wonderful
than the love of a woman.”

Times have changed since these events were recorded, and such intense love between two men makes many uncomfortable in our day. For gay men who struggle to remain within the Judaeo-Christian tradition, however, the love between Jonathan and David is an inspiration and strength.


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