What’s significant about this stone on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an inscription, which is the earliest extra-biblical reference to King David.
A skilled scholar can sometimes guess what a tiny fragment of writing means. A biblical historian has such a guess about a shard of pottery found in Jerusalem’s City of David.
The site is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Elah Valley in the Judean hills, where according to the Bible, David and Goliath held their legendary battle.
A serious act of vandalism, a string of coincidences, and a decision by the Israel Antiquities Authority have combined to change the character of King David’s Tomb on Mt. Zion from a Muslim site into a synagogue.
Two or three rows of stones stretching across 30 meters. That is what remains of what is believed to be King David’s palace, or at least the palace of a senior district governor that served the king some 3,000 years ago, according to scholars from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authority.
King David and Gen. Petraeus both betrayed their vows. So why did ancient Jews forgive their king, while we cannot offer our modern-day cheater a second chance?
Why is this breakfast at the King David Hotel different from all others? It’s a Mitt Romney fundraiser and it costs $50 grand to get in, that’s why.