Skip to comments.Archaeologist Says He's Found King David's Citadel
Posted on 05/07/2014 5:35:19 AM PDT by xzins
JERUSALEM, Israel -- An Israeli archaeologist says he found the legendary citadel captured by King David. The conquest allowed David to establish Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is wrapped up in the discovery. Archaeologist Eli Shukron found the citadel in east Jerusalem in a predominately Arab neighborhood.
The Elad Foundation, an organization that strives to prevent the city from being divided, financed the discovery. Arabs want that land as the capital for a future Palestinian state.
The site also rekindles the debate about using the Bible as a field guide to identify ancient ruins.
"For many people the Bible is a dusty book sitting on a shelf in some room in your home. But here we actually see stories of the Bible matching the archaeology in its place," Doron Spielman, vice president of City of David Foundation, said. "We can open up the pages of the Bible and literally they come alive for us from the very stones in this location."
The excavation cost $10 million and is now open to tourists.
So is Israel going to give this up to the Vatican also?
Reading is fundamental isn’t it?
My memory says that the Arabs control East Jerusalem, Temple Mount, and pretty much call the shots.
2 Samuel 5 (King James Version)
5 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.
3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David king over Israel.
4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.
7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.
8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind that are hated of David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward.
10 And David went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.
Tuned in late, but saw most of a PBS item about the Hanging Garden of Babylon. It was very interesting.
Isn't "shukron" Arabic for "thank you?"
It’s not a duplicate.
The first from the AP is casts doubt on the religious perspective.
This one written from a Christian perspective is supportive of the bible.
Soon to be claimed as a Muslim site.
Israeli settlers have been trying to Judaize Jerusalem for that long?/s