MembersIsrael’s Eternal Connection to Jerusalem, the Holy City of King David

The Jewish connection to Jerusalem cannot be defined by historical evidence alone. The Holy City is in the heart of every Jew

By Rachel Avraham |
Jerusalem is in the heart of every Jew
Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Jerusalem is the eternal capital city of the Jewish people from time immemorial. Psalms 137:5-6 proclaims, ”If I forget thee O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to my palate, if I do not remember you, if I do not bring up Jerusalem at the beginning of my joy.” Jerusalem and Zion are mentioned 821 times in the Jewish Bible and another 3,212 times in the rabbinical literature. Indeed, one can trace Judaism’s history in the City of King David back to antiquity.

According to the American archeologist Eric Cline’s Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel, “In 1993 and 1994, archeologists excavating at Tel Dan in northern Israel discovered an inscription that commemorates a military campaign in Israel by Hazael of Aram about the year 841 BCE and that mentions the House of David.” Thus, as a result of this excavation at Tel Dan, Tel Aviv University ancient historian Nadav Na’aman has stated that, in his opinion, the facts “strongly support the biblical claims a) that David conquered Jerusalem and made...

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