“Then David rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David. He had reigned forty years over Israel--seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.”
1 Kings 2: 10- 12.
Solomon became king in 967 BCE, when he was only 16 years old. During his 40-year reign the country enjoyed peace and prosperity. Jerusalem was the capital of a vast kingdom that extended from the Euphrat
When David began his reign in Hebron around 1007 BCE he ruled only over the tribe of Judah, which is the southern part of Israel. After several years of civil war against the tribes supporting Saul's son, Ish-boshet, he became King over all the tribes. His first act as King of all of the Israelite tribes was to conquer Jerusalem,
When King David transported the Ark of the Covenant from Kiryat- Yearim to Jerusalem, it was at the threshing floor of Nacon, that Uzzah was stru
The Israeli Primate Sanctuary Foundation (IPSF) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to rehabilitate monkeys in need. This includes monkeys who have been retired from the laboratory, those who have been illegally smuggled into the country and any other monkey in need.
This process is carried out in our sanctuary, which was started in 1996 and has so far received over 250 monkeys. More are referred for rehabilitation all the time. The sanctuary is recognized by the
After 7 years of rule from Hebron, King David conquers Jerusalem around the year 1004 BCE.
I Kings 2:11 cites the length of the reign of King David: "The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem." The Books of Kings states that at this point in history, Jerusalem was known as Jebus, and was ruled by a Canaanite tribe called the Jebusites.
Why did King David conquer Jebus?
It had been about 200 years si
Many political and military events of this period are recorded in the El-Amarna letters.* This archive includes letters from the warring Canaanite city-states to Egypt. All proclaim their devoted loyalty to the pharaoh and beg for military assistance against his adversaries.
Of the 350 letters, six were sent by Abdi-Hepa, a king of Jerusalem. He apparently knew personally many influential people in Egypt and pleaded with them for aid. He presented himself as the only one Egy