The Burial Places Of The Kings Discovered?

PhotoGrid_1458878794453 (1) Post 17 – Where are the “burial places of the kings” (2 Chronicles 21:20)? On a hill to the west of the City of David is a building that claims to house King David’s tomb and inside you will see Jews praying next to it (Top). However, most Jews recognize that this couldn’t possibly be his tomb. The building is Crusader era (1355 C.E.) and the tomb being honored likely contains the remains of a Crusader knight. Actually the Bible is very clear about where David and the kings of Judah were buried. The Bible states that David and 12 of the 20 kings that followed him were buried in the City of David in “the burial places of the kings.” The City of David only occupied 10 acres but even then, the Bible states precisely where the burial places were. In Nehemiah chapter 3, Nehemiah describes the repair of the city walls, proceeding in a counter-clockwise direction. Verses 15 through 26 show that the “burial places of David” were somewhere between the “Fountain Gate” and the “Water Gate”. So they were on or near the south-east ridge of the city. Archeologists have found in that very area the possible remains of 8 tombs. The area was heavily quarried by the Romans after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E, almost obliterating the tombs, but 2 possible royal tombs largely survive (Bottom). These are only half there original length and they also have been heavily damaged, do it’s currently impossible to say exactly who was buried there. But we do know that only Davidic kings were allowed to be buried within the city (with one exception, the High Priest Jehoiada – 2 Chronicles 24:16). I think this is one of the most interesting spots in all of Jerusalem. #weeklybiblereadingarcheology #biblereadingarcheology #biblereadingarchaeology

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