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David, A Man After God’s Heart*

"City of David" shown from the air in 2013. Photo: Avraham Graicer

The Bible describes that David was able to capture the Jebusite stronghold of Yevus-Jerusalem, origin of the City of David, and make it Israel’s capital. See King David’s weapons. Gain a perspective of the Walls of the City of David that could have allowed David to look down on Bathsheba, leading to a sin that will follow him for the rest of his life.

Jebusites in Yevus

The Jebusites were, according to the books of Joshua and Samuel from the Bible, a Canaanite tribe that inhabited Yevus (Jerusalem) prior to the conquest initiated by Joshua (Joshua 11:3, 12:10) and completed by King David (2 Samuel 5:6–10)

and ( 1 Chronicles 11) 5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David: ‘Thou shalt not come in hither.’ Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David.

King David’s Weapons

Walls of the City of David

According to the Tanakh (Bible), Jerusalem remained a Jebusite city until David conquered Jebus (Yevus), renamed it City of David and started expanding it. His city was still located on the low southeastern hill, outside today’s Old City area. 

The Biblical City of David in the period of Herod’s Temple, from the Holyland Model of Jerusalem. The southern wall of the Temple Mount appears at top. Photo: Ariely

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