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City of David Time Line

  • -1800
    The Age of the Patriarchs
    The Binding of Isaac on Mt. Moriah
    The Binding of Isaac on Mount Moriah
  • -1550
    The Canaanite Period
    The Canaanite Period
    The Jebusite City
  • -1000
    The Davidic Period
    King David’s reign
    The Royal Kingdom
  • -960
    The Period of King Solomon
    King Solomon’s reign<
    The Construction of the Temple
  • -725
    The Period of King Hezekiah
    The Assyrian Siege
    The Assyrian Siege
  • -620
    The Prophet Jeremiah
    The Prophet Jeremiah
    The Spiritual Struggle
  • -586
    Destruction of the First Temple
    Destruction of the First Temple
    The Burning of the City
  • -538
    The Return to Zion and the Second Temple Period
    The Return to Zion and the Second Temple Period
    We were as dreamers
  • 70
    Destruction of the Second Temple
    Destruction of the Second Temple
    Exile
  • 326
    The Byzantine Era
    The Byzantine Era
    The Byzantine Era
  • 638
    The early arab era
    The early arab era
    The early arab era
  • 1099
    From the middle ages to the modern era
    From the middle ages to the modern era
    From the middle ages to the modern era
  • 1882
    Aliyah to Land of Israel
    Aliyah to Land of Israel
    The Meyuchas house and Silwan
  • 1948
    The State of Israel, the divided city
    The State of Israel, the divided city
    The City of David in enemy territory
  • 1967
    The Six-Day War
    The Six-Day War
    The Liberation of Jerusalem
  • 2009
    The City of David today
    The City of David today
    The city will be rebuilt where it stood
  • The Age of the Patriarchs I 1960 From the Creation of the World I 1800 BCE I The Binding of Isaac on Mt. Moriah

    The earliest biblical occurrence that ties Jerusalem to the fate of the Jewish people is the historical meeting of Abraham and King Malchizedek. And Malchizedek, King of Salem brought out bread and wine… He blessed him saying: “Blessed is Abram of God, the Most High, Maker of heaven and earth” (Genesis 14:18). Salem is Jerusalem as we learn from Psalms 71:3, “Then his Tabernacle was in Salem and his dwelling in Zion”. The meeting takes place in the Valley Shaveh, also known as the King’s Valley, which is seemingly close to the city. Sometime later Abraham came on God’s command to the Land of Moriah (Genesis 22) to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. The Biblical text identifies the mountain where this fateful event took place as “Mount Moriah” (II Chronicles 3:1) in Jerusalem. Vast archaeological finds teach us that in its beginnings, Canaanite Jerusalem was a strong and heavily fortified walled city, and despite its small size, was very difficult to conquer. At the foot of the hill where the city was built lay the Gihon Spring which was surrounded by an impressive system of fortifications, remnants of which have been recently found. The Canaanite rulers of the city quarried an advanced water system which included an underground passage which led to the spring in times of war. The Bible states that when the twelve tribes conquered the Land of Israel, Jerusalem was not conquered and was left in non-Israelite hands until the days of King David.

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