Dancing Before the Lord (2 Sam 6:14)

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Daniel Berchie


The issue of dancing in church has been a debate among scholars, especially Seventh-day Adventists. David’s dancing before the Lord has been argued to either support or disallow the ritual of dancing in a church (1 Sam 6:14). This paper, however, argues that the dancing of David occurs in a Cultic setting where sacrifices are offered before the ark of God, the symbol of the presence of YHWH. In this setting of worship, David is said to have danced before the Lord as a form of praise to the Lord. David considered God as the object of his dance. Any dance whose object is God may be considered appropriate and religiously necessary in an African context.


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