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City of David


In a previous posting, I showed part of the City of David, where it is located within eatern Jerusalem. The excavations are on the hillside next to the Kidron Valley. The hill is known as Mount Zion and the excavation was known as the fortress city of Zion. This is ancient Jerusalem, known by various names, e.g. Jebus and dates way back to around 4,500 BC. Some visitors get confused by the many names for this original area where Jerusalem originated from. This ruined and original part of the city is today commonly referred to as the City of David. From the Bible - 2Sa 5:7  "Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David." The picture of coming Wednesday will also show the City of David in relation to the Old City - all within the borders of modern day Jerusalem.

To add to the confusion, Bethlehem which is situated roughly 6 kms to the east of this place, is referred to as the city of David, in Luke 2: 4 and 11. Verse 11 reads: "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." The reason for this name is that David originated from Bethlehem, as indicated in 1Sa 16: 1 and 18.


David was the youngest of Jesse's sons and tending the sheep. I have previously alluded to the fact that shepherds were in general not held in high regard by the Israel tribe. The youngest son, is also the one that is the least important in terms of lineage. Yet, from among Jesse's sons, David was chosen to be anointed to succeed Saul as king of Israel.

The main structure in the picture is referred to as a Stepped Stone structure and served as part of the foundation of a large building, built against the very steep hillside. There are more of these structures in this general area.


The Gihon spring originates on the Ophel side (nearest to the present day Temple Mount) of the City of David. Various tunnels and shafts were built over the years to distribute the water supply to the different parts of the city. One such tunnel, the tunnel of Hezekiah (one of the Judean kings) provides a little wet adventure for tourists who wants to walk the tunnel - bring your own torch and extra clothes. The water is still running and is remarkeably clear.


2Ch 32:30  "This same Hezekiah closed the upper outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed them down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works."



comments (12)

Je suppose que c'est détruit. Dommage, ces pierres sont très belles.
Louis: Ce sont seulement les ruines qui restent. Merci Martine.
  • Ray
  • Possibly Greenland
  • 9 May 2016, 03:32
Is that the David who wandered about slewing Goliaths, Louis?
Louis: The same one, Ray.
It is very confusing, indeed, Louis. But it's making for some good photography!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. I always find that it helps to read up, before visiting a country like this for the first time.
the history that you quoted is a bit confusing but i love this photo Louis... if you notice the lower levels of stone have been cut placed without mortar and the upper layers are rough stones filled with mortar...
i found this in an excavation in France... the cut stones below were done by the Hellenic civilizations around 500 BCE... and the round stones built upon them were done by the Romans...

it's difficult to understand because i just finished a series on the Pond du Gard which was built by Romans in the first century AD with cut stones and no mortar...
history holds many secrets....petersmile
Louis: That is true - lots of secrets. One also needs to pay careful attention to what the archaeologist says - theory or fact. Has the aging been done, etc. In the case of this ancient Jerusalem, now known as the City of David - the area has been inhabited since around 4,500 BCE. Abraham visited Melchizedek in this fortress city around 1,900 BCE. David conquered the city around 1,000 BCE. Around 550BCE the place was razed by the Babylonians and the rebuilding started about 60 years later. And so on. I guess with you, that building techniques changed over time. The type of labour also mattered. The buildings on Mount Olympus in Greece, were built by slaves managed by master stone workers. I saw huge pillars built from huge granite blocks, cut into disks, stacked so precisely that I thought at first, that it was a solid piece of granite cut to form the pillar. Meantime, it is a stack of disks.
These ruins are fascinating Louis! Great POV.
Louis: Thank you Richrd
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 May 2016, 06:42
Did you take the wet tunnel walk yourself Louis?
Louis: No. I had my flashlight and some extra clothes with me, but it was a cold and rainy morning, so I decided against it.
These ancient texts all take on new meaning, Louis, accompanied by your images! Thank you.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. Being there, put everything into technicolour for me.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 May 2016, 07:19
You can see this is old. I always think these sights are very photogenic.
Louis: They are, Astrid. I also take pictures of old cemeteries smile
I have never heard of Jesse
Louis: Davids dad also had a name, Bill smile
A fixer-upper then.
Louis: Quite so, Mary
A fascinating place, Louis....And confusing.
Louis: Thank you, Frank. Yes, it can be.
I wonder how much of the ruins serves as foundation for nearby houses? smile
Louis: Something that happened in history, so many times, Tom.

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