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David' Inscription

Inscription House DavidInscription of the House of David Part 1

"The fragmentary Tel Dan stela, containing the Tel Dan inscription (or “House of David” inscription) provided the first historical evidence of King David from the Bible. The Aramean king who erected the stela in the mid-eighth century B.C. claims to have defeated the “king of Israel” and the “king of the House of David.” For more information click here.


Inscription regarding House   David

Inscription regarding the “House of David”

1.[ ]א]מר.ע[ ]וגזר ]

1'. [ ]...[ ] and cut [ ]

2.[ ]אבי.יסק[.עלוה.בה]תלחמה.בא--- ]

2'. [ ] my father went up [ ] he fought at [...]

3.וישכב.אבי.יהך.אל[.אבהו]ה.ויעל.מלכי[ יש]

3'. And my father lay down; he went to his [fathers]. Now the king of I[s]/rael had penetrated


4'. into my father's land before. [But then] Hadad made me king,


5'. And Hadad marched before me. So I went forth from [the] seven[...]/s


6'. of my rule, and I killed [seve]nty kin[gs] who had harnessed thou[sands of cha]/riots


7'. and thousands of cavalry. [And I killed ...]ram son of [...]


8'. the king of Israel, and I killed [...]yahu son of [... the ki]/ng of


9'. the House of David. And I made [their towns into ruins and turned]

10.ית.ארק.הם.ל[ישמן ]

10'. their land into [a desolation ...]

11.אחרן.ולה[... ויהוא.מ]

11'. others and [...Then...became ki]/ng

12.לך.על.יש[ראל... ואשם.]

12'. over Is[rael...And I laid]

13.מצר.ע[ל. ]

13'. siege against [...][5]

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Red X points archaeologist found Tel Dan Inscription

Red X points to where archaeologist' found the Tel Dan Inscription


"The Tel Dan Inscription, or “House of David” inscription, was discovered in 1993 at the site of Tel Dan in northern Israel in an excavation directed by Israeli archaeologist Avraham Biran. It has provided the first historical evidence of King David from the Bible.

In the Tel Dan Inscription, parts of the names of two kings are preserved namely, Jehoram, son of Ahab, king of Israel and Ahaziah, son of Jehoram, king of Judah (the House of David). With this information it is possible to assign the inscription to Hazael, king of Aram-Damascus, who undoubtedly set it up in Dan to commemorate his victory over Joram and Ahaziah at Ramoth-Gilead in 841 BC." To know more click here.

Joram  son Ahab"And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to the war against Hazael king of Syria in Ramothgilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram." 2 Kings 8:28 KJV


From The Holy Land: Tel Dan


King Davids HouseInscription of the House of David Part 2

More than a quarter of a century of excavations at Tel Dan in the north of Israel at the foot of Mount Hermon produced little in the way of written material. The excavations have been directed through the years since 1966 by Dr. Avraham Biran, distinguised Israeli archaeologist. Then on July 21, 1993, while work crews were preparing the site for visitors, a broken fragment of basalt stone was uncovered in secondary use in a wall. Surveyor Gila Cook glanced at the stone in the rays of the afternoon sun and saw what looked like alphabetic letters. On closer examination it turned out that, indeed, they had found an inscribed stone.. The discovery was of a fragment of a large monumental inscription, measuring about 32 cm. high and 22 cm. at its greatest width. Apparently the stone had been purposely broken in antiquity. It turned out that the stele fragment mentions King David's dynasty, "the House of David." As the preparatory work for tourism proceeded, two additional fragments of the stele were recovered in two separate, disparate locations in June of 1994.


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The pavement and the wall where the fragments were found was laid at the end of the 9th or beginning of the 8th century BC, according to pottery fragments recovered in probes beneath the flagstone pavement. Since the fragment and the entire pavement was covered by the debris of the Assyrian destruction of Tiglath Pileser III, in 732 BC, it could not have been laid latter than that year.

The surmise is that Jehoash (798-782), grandson of Jehu, or Jehoash's son, Jeroboam II (793, co-regent 782-753), and more likely Jehoash, was the monarch who had this reminder of Aramaean domination smashed (2 Kgs 13:25). It is further assumed that Hazael (844/42-798?) was then king of Aram- Damascus, because Hazael fought against Jehoram of Israel and Ahaziah of Judah ( 2 Kgs 8:7-15, 28; 2 Chr 22:5). Hazael was followed by his son and successor, Ben-hadad III, early in the 8th century BC


King Davids Palace

King David's Palace


The discovery provides an archaeological connection to the biblical references to the ruling dynasty established by King David approximately two centuries before the events that are mentioned in the inscription. It is the first mention of King David and the earliest mention of a biblical figure outside of the Bible. The discovery is of particular importance in the face of those scholars who were either skeptical or denied the historical existence of King David. For the reference click here.


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