The Battle for David and Solomon

Should we debate the validity of the Davidic line found in the Holy Bible?  Many would say yes.  So as ministers of the Christian faith we must be prepared to give an answer to all who would question our heritage.  Heritage?  Yes, because Jesus Christ himself is repeated over and over in the four Gospel accounts to be the Son of David.  He is linked directly to the genealogy of David and Solomon in two of the Gospels we have today known as the books of Matthew and Luke.  So in turn I bring you a few evidences that help to defend the position of a Davidic dynasty including Solomon’s reign as David’s son.

Tel Dan Inscription- The Tel Dan inscription discovered around 1993 helps us to see for the first time a mention of the “house of David” written in Old Aramaic on a large basalt monument dating from the mid-ninth century B.C.  This inscription refers to the deaths and defeats of probable Israelite kings who descended from the house of David incurred by an Aramean ruler; possibly known as the king of Damascus known as Hazael around 842 B.C.

Psalms and Canaanites-  The Psalms can be investigated to have six different authors, but almost half of the 150 Psalms were written by David.  Psalms 29 written by David brings to light a linguistic connection with Canaanite literary forms.  This influence is another piece of evidence that helps validate David’s writings as being current with his time.

Temple Site Evidence-  Solomon’s temple is widely known and believed to have been built on the site where the Dome of the Rock now sits in Jerusalem; the capital city of David.  The original temple was destroyed by invading forces from Babylon according to the biblical account, but it is still a highly desirable piece of land between the Muslim faith and the Jewish faith.

Solomon’s Stables- Although disputed by some archaeologists due to dating claims this location in the area known as Megiddo shows archaeological signs of either stables or storehouses that could have housed Solomon’s mechanized army of war chariots.

Copper Mines of Solomon- Various sites in recent years have been dug in order to find more evidence for the United Kingdom(Israel) era, such sites including the potential copper mines of Solomon at a location known as Khirbat en Nahas 30 miles south of the Dead Sea are using carbon dating to place the site within David and Solomon’s time between 1000-922 B.C.  The value of this site would be to show that this timeframe for Israel was a timeframe of great economic activity and military growth instead of older times of nomadic tribalism and a separated kingdom.

For more on the recent debate between archaeologists please check out this link by National Geographic:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/12/david-and-solomon/draper-

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