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Why Did King David Choose Jerusalem as His Capital?

Everyone knows that King David elected to have the city of Jerusalem as his capital.

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But why? Why didn’t the young Israelite king select some other city? At the time, Hebron, Beit El and Shechem were equally significant as cities in the land of Canaan. The reasons for David choosing Jerusalem were primarily political, economic and strategic, and, if we read between the lines, this is implied in the biblical text. It is true that Jerusalem is also, or perhaps even primarily, always linked to the offering of Isaac on Mount Moriah (Gen. 22). Yet, this passage speaks of a “land” of Moriah, and not a Mount Moriah (Gen. 22:2). A connection between Mount Moriah…

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