The Archeological Evidence For King David

The Archeological Evidence For King David

The archeological evidence for Kind David.  I once had a Facebook exchange with another Christian that claimed the Bible was just a book of faith.  His claims were similar to the ones I often hear from Christians and non-Christians alike:

“History relies on certain proofs like artifacts and written documents from the time. The Bible has very little scientific proof in it (creation, the resurrection, are two examples). And while some historical evidence can be found, there isn’t much for the OT (no evidence of the Hebrews being slaves in Egypt, and not even any archeological evidence that David ever existed). BUT the Bible IS a book of faith which I completely embrace as the guiding principal of my life.”

Is His Statement True?

While this statement may sound very inclusive and open minded, it is factually incorrect.  I try to extend grace in situation like this.  The other person may simply not know about the large amount of corroborating evidence for the historicity of the Bible.  

The claims about there being no archeological evidence for the existence of King David are common. I often wonder how much people actually look into claims such as this before they make them.  I have a feeling many are just parroting things they have heard without really looking into them.  

the Stepped Stone Structure (SSS) extending down the slope from the Large Stone Structure and said to be the Millo, referred to in the books of Samuel and Kings.
The Stepped Stone Structure, said to be the Millo, referred to in the books of Samuel and Kings.

That’s ok.  Many Christians are guilty of this.  As I said, I always try to assign pure motives to people in conversations.  And if they are truly unaware of the evidence for the existence of a Biblical figure, I am happy to offer evidence to the contrary.  

The Tel Dan Inscription

Israeli archeologist Avraham Biran discovered what is referred to as the “Tel Dan” inscription in 1993. The stone slab with an inscription has been dated to the 9thcentury B.C.  Broken into several pieces, the stone relays the account of an Aramean king over his southern neighbors.  It makes reference to the Aramean king defeating the “king of Israel” and the “king of the house of David”.  

Why Is the Inscription Significant?

This inscription is remarkable in a couple of senses.  First, it is remarkable because it is from a hostile source.  The writers of this inscription were bragging about their victory over the Israelites.  They were not attempting to verify information given to us in the Bible.  This lends credibility to the source, because they were not actively trying to confirm a Biblical character.

The Archeological Evidence For King David.
The “Tel Dan” Stone

The second thing that is remarkable is that the stone refers to the “house of David”.  Why is this significant?  Because it doesn’t just mention King David.  It says that there was an entire dynasty that stemmed from the great Israeli King.  Hershel Shanks makes this statement in a March 1994 edition of Biblical Archeological Review:

“King of Israel” is a term frequently found in the Bible, especially in the Book of Kings. This, however, may be the oldest extra-Biblical reference to Israel in Semitic script. If this inscription proves anything, it shows that both Israel and Judah, contrary to the claims of some scholarly Biblical minimizers, were important kingdoms at this time.”

What Do We Make Of This?

While the extent of David’s kingdom is still debated among scholars, there is little doubt from this inscription that he was a historical figure. These are the types of things Christians need to be aware of.  We should be knowledgeable enough about the history and evidence for our faith so that we can correct errors when we hear them.  At minimum, we may stop the spread of misinformation about Christianity.  

The Archeological Evidence For King David.

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone that made a claim that a person mentioned in the Bible did not exist?  Was it one of the people we have archeological evidence for?  How did you respond? 

Discuss your thoughts for this post on our Facebook Group here.  

2 thoughts on “The Archeological Evidence For King David”

Comments are closed.

Catagories
Archives
Calendar
June 2021
S M T W T F S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  
RSS Listen to Our Latest Podcast Here
  • Should Christians Be Tolerant? June 17, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity QCQ Podcast, the team answers the question "Should Christians Be Tolerant?". 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Should We Still Look For Objective Truth? June 15, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team discusses whether we should still look for objective truth. 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Was Jesus Immoral For Casting Demons Into Pigs In Mark 5? June 10, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity QCQ Podcast, the team answers the challenge that Jesus was immoral for casting demons into pigs. 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Deconstructing Faith June 8, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team discusses the difference between deconstructing faith vs. deconverting from faith. 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Was Jesus Racist In Mark Chapter 7? June 3, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity QCQ Podcast, the team answers the challenge that Jesus was racist in Mark Chapter 7. 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Generations Within The Church June 1, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team discusses how the different generations in the Church can get along better. 
    Drew Covert, David johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Were The Early Christians Socialists? May 27, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity QCQ Podcast, the team discusses whether or not the early Christians were socialists. 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Help Me Hate White People, Part 2 May 25, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team discusses a recent devotional in which the author asks God to help her "Hate White People".  Part 2 of 2
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Who Did Peter Deny Jesus To? May 20, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity QCQ Podcast, the team answers the question of who exactly Peter denied Jesus to. 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Help Me Hate White People Part 1 May 18, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team discusses a recent devotional book that featured a prayer for God to help the author to "Hate White People".  Part 1 of 2
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean