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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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Zoom in for a closer look at Weill’s drawings by clicking on the thumbnails below.

These drawings are published in The City of David: Revisiting Early Excavations by Raymond Weill and L.-H. Vincent.
This article was originally published in Bible History Daily on October 09, 2012

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8 Responses

  1. Fr Christopher P. Kelley says:

    If I read R. Weill correctly, he found Maccabean walls in the vicinity of the Royal Necropolis. The line of these walls required evacuation of the Tombs, lest human remains be under the walls, in contrast to Torah. On a Sunday afternoon in Oct. 1982, I met a young American archaeologist who showed me his site, below the western City Walls, being cleaned up for the National Park. He was excavating an Iron Age tomb of Isaiah’s time; he had concluded that it was evacuated prior to the building of these walls, upon which the Turks followed the same line. So DAVID’s Bones (& perhaps those of the other kings as well) were MOVED from their ‘City of David’ site. JOSEPHUS knew they’d been moved to the SW Hill. I suspect the Maccabees “moved the Name” & henceforth called it Har Zion, in honor of King David, especially as the Samaritans were calling Gerazim “Mt Moriah”! The Exiles had begun calling the Temple site “Mt Moriah” already, but this wanted “re-enforcement” in Maccabean days.
    We can see that a huge crowd had come -immediately upon conclusion of the Temple rites of Shavu’ot, -before “9 o’clock in the morning’- May 24, 33AD, to visit & honor David’s Tomb, on “David’s Day” – The Day of Pentecost, his Birth & death day. Peter had a GOD-SUMMONED Crowd to hear his Sermon … and David’s Tomb was RIGHT THERE at hand! They’d come just to leave a pebble there in his honor!
    Dr David Goodblatt, my Professor at UCSD, was dumb-struck when I pointed out to him that Josephus knew that hill as “ZION” — & by no other name — in the First Century of our Era. [Wars. V.4.1] He’d always assumed, like so many, that it was a “medieval” notion. But the House with the Upper Room was known in Antiquity as “Holy Zion, Mother of Churches” — for a reason.

  2. Clifford Catton says:

    A.S.K. org. believes David’s tomb was on the southern wall of the temple which was on the city of David (David Sieloff & all), I agree. His palace is in Givati, & his tent was next to it.
    It became consecrated ground, Solomon built the temple on top. The podium on Pilgrim’s Road may have had a statue commemorating David & his tomb’s entrance, since
    torn down by the Romans. In Jesus, C.C. – June 8, 2020.

    1. Chrystal L Monroe says:

      In Ephraim, Gilead, of two caves , to where he laid his two sons, as they had wished their bones, like his mother and only sister, to be layed next to each other, he also wanted to laid with them. His body was promised to not decay by Thy Most High.

  3. City of David | Veracity says:

    […] and missing body, witnesses to the resurrected Christ, and that by comparison everyone knew where David’s body was interred.  Anyone wanting to flatten Christianity at that moment in history had only to produce […]

  4. David Paul Davenport says:

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

  5. robin heagy 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.

  6. robin heagy says:

    Are you nuts?

  7. Rose Stauros 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?
    Shalom,
    Rose

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8 Responses

  1. Fr Christopher P. Kelley says:

    If I read R. Weill correctly, he found Maccabean walls in the vicinity of the Royal Necropolis. The line of these walls required evacuation of the Tombs, lest human remains be under the walls, in contrast to Torah. On a Sunday afternoon in Oct. 1982, I met a young American archaeologist who showed me his site, below the western City Walls, being cleaned up for the National Park. He was excavating an Iron Age tomb of Isaiah’s time; he had concluded that it was evacuated prior to the building of these walls, upon which the Turks followed the same line. So DAVID’s Bones (& perhaps those of the other kings as well) were MOVED from their ‘City of David’ site. JOSEPHUS knew they’d been moved to the SW Hill. I suspect the Maccabees “moved the Name” & henceforth called it Har Zion, in honor of King David, especially as the Samaritans were calling Gerazim “Mt Moriah”! The Exiles had begun calling the Temple site “Mt Moriah” already, but this wanted “re-enforcement” in Maccabean days.
    We can see that a huge crowd had come -immediately upon conclusion of the Temple rites of Shavu’ot, -before “9 o’clock in the morning’- May 24, 33AD, to visit & honor David’s Tomb, on “David’s Day” – The Day of Pentecost, his Birth & death day. Peter had a GOD-SUMMONED Crowd to hear his Sermon … and David’s Tomb was RIGHT THERE at hand! They’d come just to leave a pebble there in his honor!
    Dr David Goodblatt, my Professor at UCSD, was dumb-struck when I pointed out to him that Josephus knew that hill as “ZION” — & by no other name — in the First Century of our Era. [Wars. V.4.1] He’d always assumed, like so many, that it was a “medieval” notion. But the House with the Upper Room was known in Antiquity as “Holy Zion, Mother of Churches” — for a reason.

  2. Clifford Catton says:

    A.S.K. org. believes David’s tomb was on the southern wall of the temple which was on the city of David (David Sieloff & all), I agree. His palace is in Givati, & his tent was next to it.
    It became consecrated ground, Solomon built the temple on top. The podium on Pilgrim’s Road may have had a statue commemorating David & his tomb’s entrance, since
    torn down by the Romans. In Jesus, C.C. – June 8, 2020.

    1. Chrystal L Monroe says:

      In Ephraim, Gilead, of two caves , to where he laid his two sons, as they had wished their bones, like his mother and only sister, to be layed next to each other, he also wanted to laid with them. His body was promised to not decay by Thy Most High.

  3. City of David | Veracity says:

    […] and missing body, witnesses to the resurrected Christ, and that by comparison everyone knew where David’s body was interred.  Anyone wanting to flatten Christianity at that moment in history had only to produce […]

  4. David Paul Davenport says:

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

  5. robin heagy 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.

  6. robin heagy says:

    Are you nuts?

  7. Rose Stauros 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?
    Shalom,
    Rose

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