King David’s Tomb–A Closer Look

The Hebrew Bible makes it clear that King David and his successors were buried somewhere on the narrow ridge of the City of David near the Gihon Spring where the earliest city of Jerusalem was located. But where exactly? In an early-20th-century excavation, Raymond Weill believed he had discovered the royal necropolis, but many have challenged the identification. Was Weill right?

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Pictured below are various photographs and diagrams of Weill’s excavation.

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These drawings are published in The City of David: Revisiting Early Excavations by Raymond Weill and L.-H. Vincent. For more information, call 1-800-221-4644. Limited quantity available.

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  1. Rose says

    They are looking in the wrong place. According to the book of Ezra modern Jerusalem was not the site of the ‘first temple’. Ezra laid the foundation for the temple in modern Jerusalem. Until then modern Jerusalem was an abandoned ancient city with broken down walls. (Nehemiah 2)

    Ezra 3:6
    From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid.

    Ezra then says the building stopped all throughout the reign of Cyrus and wasn’t completed until the 6th year of Darius. According to Nehemiah 2:1-3 the Temple was still not completed by the 20th year of Artaxerxes. This means the second Temple wasn’t completed until the 6th year of Darius II or about 418 BCE.

    All the stories about Solomon in the book of Kings, (i.e. cedars from Lebanon, 666 talents of gold, pharaoh’s daughter etc.), all happened at the temple in the unexcavated buried city at the Google Earth coordinates below. They have already excavated the Kings Sepulchres to the North.

    30°58′14.57″N 031°53′10.18″E

    Believe it or not, the evidence from archeology, the Old Testament and Herodotus all point here, nothing points to modern Jerusalem (other than the name) until after Cyrus the Great.

    Why look for David in modern Jerusalem?

  2. robin says

    Are you nuts?

  3. robin says

    Sorry Rose I should have said, to place David’s tomb in Egypt is a complete misunderstanding of the Bible, history and archaeological evidence.

  4. David says

    30°58′14.57″N 031°53′10.18″E
    These coordinates are for Tanis, capital of Egypt, about 800 BC.

  5. Andy says

    Greetings. Interesting to read of possible location of King David’s tomb when skeptics claim there is no tangible evidence that the King existed. Long live King David.
    But how about the claim that the prophet Jeremiah is buried in Ireland? Is there any possibility that that could be true? Certainly, Greek geographers explored up as far as the Orkney Islands and returned to tell the tale.

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