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Map of Ancient Jerusalem during the time of King David (1000 B.C.)

 

David, the King of Israel

Known for being a prolific writer and a mastermind on the battlefield, King David reigned over Israel from Jerusalem for approximately 33 of his 40 years as ruler. His first order of business as king was to capture what we now know as the City of David, in Jerusalem's Old City. It was here that he set up his palace. He also brought forth the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. When the Philistines received word of David's rapid ascent to power, they launched a massive attack in the Valley of Raphaim and captured the city of Bethlehem. David's counterattack was swift and devastating, and in three decisive battles, the Philistines were driven out of Israel.

We know Solomon as the master architect behind Jerusalem's first temple. However, it was David who first wanted to begin its construction. After consulting Natan, the prophet, David learned that he would have to hand that responsibility down to his son, Solomon, as David had shed much blood on the battlefield. King David established Jerusalem as both the religious and secular center of Israel.

Map of Israel King David

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