I note that very often you relegate anyone not in royalty or the priesthood as "peasant." This was even the case in the article about Adam!
Often, there is a clear inference in the text that the social standing of the person is more like the landed gentry (today's middle class). This is obviously the cast with Jesse and his sons. David might have been a shepherd, but he was the son of a "land lord" (so to speak).
There may be a need to update the idea of the social classes in ancient times. SouthWriter (talk) 17:04, October 1, 2015 (UTC)